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Never sound passive or disinterested when following up. Don't say, "I'm calling to see if you have made a decision" Project a proactive stance by asking something like "I'd like to let you know I'm very interested in position. Is there anything I can do to help you with your decision?"
After a while, step back and see if follow up is going on to point of absurdity. If you've followed up for months with no results, it may be time to cut loose and move on to other opportunities.
Consider sending a polite but firm fax saying that you'll need to have an answer either way so that you can pursue other opportunities. And that you'd appreciate an email or phone call to let you know where it stands.
If you have been rejected, make a conscious attempt to not take it personally. Hiring someone for a job involves many variables and you can't control all of them. Instead, consider doing this.
If you've developed a good rapport with an interviewer, call and ask if he or she would be willing to share reasons why you were not selected.
They won't always tell you. But sometimes, they are willing to give you real reasons. And that can be valuable feedback for you in your job search. Learn from them and move on.
Mary Brent is an expert on job interviews and careers. Her numerous articles offer valuable interview tips, answers to common questionsand more.