Came across a great article on Muse.com today, "5 Follow-up Emails That Scare Hiring Managers (and What to Write Instead)".
Here is a quick summary of what not to send in your follow-up email:
- You Said You’d Get Back to Me on Monday, and It’s Tuesday.
- Why Haven’t You Gotten Back to Me?
- I’d Really Appreciate Any Response Whatsoever.
- I Have Another Offer. Do You Have a Decision Yet?
- I’m Disappointed You Never Wrote Me Back.
The underlying theme here is don't look desperate. Although you want answers, it hurts you more than it helps you to barrage the recruiter/hiring manager with questions and forcing them to fit your timeline.