Comparisons between job hunting and dating are common, and never are they more true than when it comes to the follow-up. After a date, you want to let the other person know you’re interested, but you don’t want to appear desperate. Plus, you don’t want to feel foolish if he or she had no intention of contacting you again. On the other hand, what if he or she is waiting for you to make the call and if you don’t, you’ll miss out on a great romance?
So many questions and no definite answers to any of them. Ultimately you have to use your judgment and hope for the best.
Following up after a job interview is similar. As if you weren’t nervous enough, you end up asking yourself a dozen questions and imagining hypothetical situations. “If I follow up now, do I seem desperate? If I wait too long, will they think I’m lazy? What if I’m the front-runner but I bug them and they cross my name off the list? What if I’m tied with someone else and my initiative gives me the edge?”