Interview Follow-up: A Guidebook

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27 February 2017

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You’ve made your way through an interview and you’re still excited about the job and the company. Now comes the worst part: the waiting. However, waiting doesn’t necessarily mean being passive. Follow up is important to show your continued enthusiasm for the position. However, there is a right way to follow up. Use this guide to become a master of the post-interview waiting period.

Follow-Up Begins During the Interview

Before you leave the interview, always ask about the next steps. This will give you a timeline for your follow up. If the interviewer says they will be finalizing a decision by Friday, you know when you can check back in. Remember that asking about the next step isn’t just for your benefit. It also shows the interviewer that you are still interested in the position.

Check in With Your Recruiter

If you worked with an outside recruiter to get the interview, reach out when the interview is over. Let them know how you think it went. Ask your recruiter about the type of follow up approach you should take. They know their hiring managers well, and can tell you whether or not you should send a handwritten thank-you note or an email. Your recruiter may also suggest the right tone to take in your follow-up letter.

Send a Thank-You Note

Once you speak to your recruiter and you set a follow-up plan in place, see it through. Send your thank-you note the same day. Timing is everything when it comes to “wowing” a hiring manager. Waiting too long could imply a lack of interest in the positon.

In your note, thank the interviewer for their time and reaffirm your interest in the position. If you forgot to mention something relevant or important in your interview, you can add that in as well. However, you want to keep your thank-you note short and sweet. Make sure to spell-check. Triple-check to make sure you spelled the hiring manager and company name correctly.  CC or BCC your recruiter so he or she is also aware of your communication.

Check Back In

If the interviewer said a decision would be made on Friday and you haven’t heard anything by the following Tuesday, it is perfectly acceptable to reach out. If you worked with a recruiter, contact her first to see if she has heard anything and to map out your next steps. In most cases, the recruiter will follow up on your behalf.

When checking in, don’t be pushy. Send a short and simple email that lets the hiring manager know you are still interested and offer to provide them with any additional information they may need to help them make a decision.

 

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