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I have a question regarding my job search. Recently a recruiter got back to me after a job application and requested to complete a technical test which I did on the same day and then advised him on email of completion. It's been a week now and I haven't received any acknowledgement email. Should I follow up with him at this stage or is it too early? How exactly should I phrase my follow up email?

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  • I would call to follow up if they have not responded to email.
    – Viv
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 23:44
  • Remember there are many applicants. You don't know the criteria for selection. If the recruiter likes you or you are selected , i guarantee you he will call you. No need to follow up in my opinion Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 1:32

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I think this can be expanded beyond just following up after a test. I would say that in general, it is worthwhile to either send a followup email or make a followup call when it has been more than a week since hearing from a potential employer during the hiring process.

The worst thing that happens is they tell you they aren't interested in hiring you, and if that is the case then it is better to know than not know.

The list of good things that could happen from a followup is long. It shows them that you care about getting that job, it may push them to making a decision more quickly, it may remind them to take a look at your test results, and many more things I am probably not thinking of.

Now that said make sure you word the followup in a way that doesn't make it seem like you are trying to rush them or are getting impatient. Something like "Hello, this is [insert name here], I haven't heard from you since my last email so I just wanted to contact you and make sure you had a chance to look over my online test results" is a lot more likely to evoke a positive response than "Hey, why haven't you gotten back to me yet?"

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  • Ok, so I did a follow up and still no reply. Should I call him up or assume it's a silent rejection? Thanks. Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 0:09
  • The way I see it, either they are silently rejecting you, or they are so bad at communication and organization that you don't want to work there anyway. Either way, I would move on at this point
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 16:24

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