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When to Follow up After a Job Interview

When to Follow up After a Job Interview

Feeling like you nailed that job interview? That’s great! However, the challenge hasn’t ended yet. You should start thinking about writing a thank you note for the interviewer and will need to consider how and when to follow up after the interview – if you don't get contacted first.

Even though you might be hesitant to follow up out of fear of appearing pushy, it’s natural to want to know how things actually went. You also want to remain top of mind so that you standout from the other candidates. Keep reading to learn about the best time to reach out, how to do it, and what to say for a successful job interview follow up.

Record All Of The Details

As soon as you get home, write down all the details from the interview before you forget them. Include the interviewers names (so you can look them up on LinkedIn later), any apprehensions they may have had about hiring you, and any questions you didn’t have the chance to ask. These are the details that you’ll use in your personalised thank you email.

When Is The Right Time To Send A ‘Thank You’ Email?

Ideally, it’s good to send a quick ‘thank you’ within the first 24 hours after your interview, before things fade from the interviewer's mind. You don’t want them to be struggling to remember who you are because multiple days have gone by.

Use this communication as a way to address any objections expressed by interviewer, and reinforce your qualifications for the job. But keep this brief – the primary purpose of this email is to thank the interviewer for their time, and to show the employer genuine gratitude for the opportunity.

When Is The Right Time For A Follow Up?

A couple of weeks have gone by since you’ve sent that ‘thank you’ email, and you still haven’t hear anything from the interviewer. Now it’s definitely the right time for a follow up. It may seem like a lifetime to you because you’re eager about the job, but try to think about it from the interviewer’s perspective – 2 weeks can fly by, especially if they were interviewing multiple candidates for the position.

What Is The Best Way To Follow Up?

Call

A phone call is a great method to follow up an interview. It’s personal, and shows a little bit more interest and dedication than an e-mail. It also gives more room for a nice (but quick) conversation in a more direct way, and you may even get your answer straight away.

E-mail

Communicating via e-mail has its perks too. Emails allow you the time to craft the perfect follow up, and allow you to get your point across plain and simple. However, emails can be considered less personable, and you may have to wait a while to get your answer.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is also a valid method for following up your interview, but only if you have previously communicated with the interviewer through that platform, or if you’ve mentioned it during the interview. After all, it could be a worthwhile connection to have in the future, even if the job you’re hoping to get doesn't pan out.

What To Say?

If the interviewer decided to take your call, that’s a good sign! However, be prepared for when they do, as you don’t want to mumble or appear unprepared. Here are some tips of what to say when follow up an interview:

  • Be brief: Introduce yourself, remind the interviewer of the position you applied for and cut to the chase. Ask if there’s any updates on progress for hiring, and thank the interviewer for their time.
  • Have your resume in front of you: If the interviewer has any questions about your background or wishes to clarify anything, it’s a good idea to have your resume ready right in front of you for maximum accuracy, plus, it’ll avoid wasting time remembering something or second guessing yourself.
  • Practice: If you get nervous, write a bullet point list of the things you want to mention, and practice beforehand.
  • Go to a quiet place: Call where you know you’re not going to be disturbed and where you can find good reception. Generally, outside on the street or a cafe are not good options, because of the background noise.
  • Leave time to offer more information: At the end of the call, make sure you ask the interviewer if they have any questions about you and your experience.
  • Thank the interviewer for taking the call: Don't forget to let the interviewer know you appreciate the time you took from them.

Don’t Be Afraid To Follow Up

Following up is a great way to show your interest in the position and it’s a perfectly safe practice, as long as you keep it brief, polite and to the point. Remember, the follow up emails that you send after an interview should be professional and precise. This is what will make a positive impression on the recruiters and hopefully see you stand out from other candidates.

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