You’ve landed the interview and you’re wondering what to do next. Should you follow-up after an interview?
The answer is Yes! You should absolutely follow up but it has to be done the right way. We’ll show you exactly how to follow up after your interview effectively.
Similar to following up on a resume submission, you want to follow up on your interview in a way that shows interest and enthusiasm without coming off as desperate or annoying. It’s more about keeping yourself on the mind of the hiring manager, not pestering them to choose you.
Many job seekers ask how soon should you follow up after a job interview. You should send a short thank you note as soon as possible after your interview. You’re just thanking your interviewer for their time and summarizing a key point or two.
If you can get a sense of the selection timeline at the interview, its best to coordinate your follow-ups accordingly.
For example, ask your interviewer when they plan on making a decision or when they would like the new hire to start.
If they make it clear that there are still factors that may delay the selection process, its best to follow up accordingly. If they tell you they are making a selection in a few weeks, wait at least a week before following up again.
Without any further information, the first follow-up should come 24-48 hours after your interview.
Your first follow-up email after an interview should look something like this:
Email subject: “Thank you for your time- Max”
Remember, you don’t want to be pushy. Just make it clear that you’re enthusiastic, remind the hiring manager of the skills that set you apart, and show that you’re interested in the company itself (if you read about them in the recent news, include your thoughts on that too!).
You also don’t want to use the common and outdated “thank you for your consideration” closing line. It’s boring and looks like it’s straight out of a template. Mix it up a bit and re-word it to be more original and effective. We wrote a great post here for some alternatives to “thank you for your consideration”.
This depends on the information you have available. If the interviewer made it clear that the selection process would be a couple weeks, wait a week and a half before sending another follow-up.
If they make it clear that they will be making a selection in the next few days, send a follow-up in 3-5 days.
Without any further information, it’s best to assume that they will be making a decision sooner rather than later, and follow up accordingly.
Here is an example of how your follow up email would look:
Email subject: “Follow up on interview – Max”
If it’s been a few weeks and your follow-ups aren’t getting any response, don’t give up. Until you get a negative response, send short follow-ups every 3 weeks. These emails should be similar to your first follow-up, reiterating what makes you special and why you’re interested in the company.
At this point, it’s likely that they’ve already made a selection or have decided to push off the hiring process.
If you’re still interested in the company, you can send an occasional email to your contacts at the company. These emails should not regard a previous interview or job search. Rather, send casual emails that contain either a congratulatory message, news article regarding the company or other related issues.
This won’t come off as pushy at all, but it will keep your name in the mind of the hiring manager should another position become available.
It’s normal to be a bit disappointed when they go with another candidate. Don’t be too hard on yourself and continue on your job search. Remember that most job seekers go on a few interviews before they land the job. The other candidate could’ve been more qualified, experienced or even referred by someone within the company.
Follow-ups are one of the most difficult parts of a job search because there’s no “right way” to do it. If you’re organized, keep track of your follow-up schedule and carefully navigate the line between excited and desperate, you’ll be on your way to that dream job in no time!
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