How To Follow Up After A Job Interview

You have just had the best job interview of your life, perhaps for your dream job. You think you nailed the interview so you are feeling pretty confident. You want to do something a “little extra” to ensure that you have landed the job. But what is the proper etiquette for following up on a job interview?

 

Gather information during the interview

One of the most important things you can do is to acquire a business card from the person who conducted your interview. This will give you pertinent information necessary for your follow-up such as the correct spelling of their name, their title, phone number and email address. Pay attention during the interview as they might give you details regarding the next steps such as whether or not a second interview may be required, or when they will be making their final decision. Make a mental note of this information and jot it down somewhere as soon as you can so you don’t forget it.

 

Follow up promptly

Some experts will state that you should wait a week before your follow up.  However, in this day and age, with everything moving so quickly, it is recommended that you follow up within 48 hours after the interview. This will help the person who conducted the interview to remember you as you want your interview to stick in their minds. If you follow up right after the interview, you are still fresh in their minds. This also shows that you are serious about the position.

 

Follow Up Via Email

Thank you notes have always been a thoughtful and considerate way to follow up after an interview. A handwritten thank you note is a nice personal touch, but today more and more experts are saying a follow up email is just as efficient. Sending a thank you email will show your potential employer that your are courteous and responsible. It also shows them you are computer savvy as well, which is always a plus.

 

Follow Up Phone Call

About a week following the interview you should contact the interviewer to politely inquire if they have made a decision. Unless they have specifically told you an exact date for their decision, it is totally acceptable to follow up a week after the interview has taken place. Be polite and keep it to the point. If they are not available leave a message. If you have not heard back in a day, follow up with  a second call. You don’t want to be a burden so don’t call repeatedly, but you don’t want to be apathetic either. You want to show you are seriously interested in the position.

 

A lot of experts feel that another follow up call and/or email is a good idea around the two-week mark. Most interviewers only follow-up on their end with candidates who they are seriously considering for the position, so it’s always a good idea to let them know you are still interested.