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How often should I call the offices that I’ve dropped my resume off or the ones which I got an interview with?

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If I dropped off a resume and didn’t hear anything back I usually call to check up on my resume status about a week later. Thats enough time for them to review it but not so long that they would have hired someone else already. If I already had an interview I will send or email a thank you note later the same day. I will call to check up on the status of the position about 2 weeks later if I haven’t heard from them yet. Its tough because you need to give them time to interview others but you don’t want to wait too long or end up bothering them my calling too much. But I think most offices (at least the ones you would want to work at anyway) will appreciate you following up and tracking your progress in the hiring process. Just be polite and try to find a balance between assertive but not pushy.

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After my first interview, I was left feeling like my potential hiring status was not where I wanted it to be. The office was very, very vague and did a great job at not getting attached to a candidate without gaining the whole picture. I knew I needed to show I was the best option, and being a new graduate, that proves highly difficult most of the time. As soon as I left, I hand wrote a thank you note, put my business card in it and stuck it in the mail. Also, I e-mailed a thank you to the office, as that was our main form of communication. Still, I would get vague replies telling me to send updates, but they really only wanted to hear from me again once I was licensed and could do a working interview. At this time, I was beginning to take boards (about 1 a week) and graduation was fast approaching. I updated the office via e-mail once a week anyways, stating I passed boards, graduated, mailed out my license, etc. They would always send back “let us know when you have your license” — Out of the blue one day they contacted me to come in to discuss employment! Upon discussing they said my initiative and leadership was so great that they just wanted to hire me no matter what! Persistence and showing you really care are key!

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I agree that most offices will appreciate you calling to follow up. I would wait two weeks after an interview before calling to check but I agree that one week after dropping off a resume is probably a good idea. Sometimes if things get busy the office manager or head dentist might forget otherwise.

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After any interview I would send a follow up letter and call back in one week. Depending on what I was told I may try reaching out one more time.

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I’d send a small, brief, follow up card to the DDS directly within 3 days and call on the 7th day.

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