You have written and gather all necessary documents (Cover Letter, Resume, Diplomas, Certificates, Course Accomplishments, etc.) and applied for a job but this doesn’t mean that your application process has been finished.
2-3 days after the application deadline you should pick up the phone and call the contact person to check what is happening with the hiring process.
If you ask yourself why do not call immediately after applying for the position especially if it is before the application deadline the reason is very simple and you should put yourself in the shoes of the employer. Employer personal will usually not look at any application before the deadline,
What is most likely to happen is that one or two persons will dedicate some time after the application deadline to go through the first scanning of all the applications sent and pick those applications that will be read in more detail.
Follow up phone conversation shouldn’t have been long and should go in direction of:
- what is the status of the hiring process
- when you can expect the first round of the job interviews will start
- ask if the contact person had time to look at the job applications
If you do not know or you are not sure which documents to attach with your application we have written an article Checklist – Which Documents Should You Hand In With Your Job Application In Norway. You can use this checklist whenever you want to gather all the necessary documents. There are tips on how to organize digital copies of your documents as well.
FOLLOW UP CONVERSATION EXAMPLE 1
Here is one possible example of a follow-up conversation in Norwegian.
– Hei jeg heter <navn> og jeg lurer på hva som skjer med ansettelsesprosessen på stilling som <stilling navn> som hadde søknadsfrist for noen dager siden.
– Når tenker dere å sette i gang med første gangs intervjuer?
– Har dere hatt tid til å se på søknadene?
FOLLOW UP CONVERSATION EXAMPLE 2
Here is another possible example of a follow-up conversation in Norwegian.
– Hei, mitt navn er <navn> og jeg har sendt en søknad på stillingen som <stilling>
– Har dere mottatt søknaden min?
– (Hvis nei, forklar at du har sendt den og prøv å finne ut av hva som har gått feil.
– Spør om du kan sende den på nytt)
– Har dere sett på den?
– (Hvis nei, har du tid til å lese den nå?)
– Er jeg en aktuell kandidat?
– (Hvis nei, spør om hvorfor. Hva kan jeg forbedre/gjøre annerledes?)
– Kan du si litt om den videre prosessen, når kaller dere inn til intervju?
– Da ser jeg frem til å få presentere meg nærmere.
– Tusen takk. Ha en fin dag!
Our next step is to prepare ourselves to Ace the Job interview.
Please do not forget to update your Job Application Log spreadsheet with the new info and status of your recent job applications.
Good Luck with your Job Search!
Don’t forget that this article is part of a text serious about finding a job in Norway. Depending on the phase you are in at the moment maybe you can find some articles useful for yourself. So please check them out.
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Author: Dejan Mladenovic
I moved my family of 3 to Norway in 2008 and created this website so that I can share what I’ve learned with anyone that’s thinking of moving or traveling to Norway. It’s such an awesome place, and I want you to get the most out of it!
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