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4 Ways to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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Congratulations! You are one step closer to getting the job you applied for. The interview part of the process is over, what is next?  

You should always follow up after a job interview, so what is the best way to do so? Here I will share 4 ways to follow up after a job interview. 

First, is it recommended that you send a “thank you” note after a job interview? The answer is YES! DEFINITELY. You should send a “thank you” email to the recruiter or manager who interviewed you a few days after your interview. In the email, thank them for taking the time to get to know you. Keep it short and sweet but make it stand out at the same time. Keep in mind that the recruiter has been through more than one interview and may have a hard time remembering you at first, so creating a unique interaction with them will help you stand out. The introduction of the email should be professional and formal. Begin your email with “Hello” or “Dear,” followed by the last name of the person who interviewed you (i.e. Mr. Smith). Tell them it was nice to have met them and that you look forward to hearing from them with instructions on what the next steps are.  

It is now a waiting game. There isn’t anything else you can do at this point but wait for them to reply. Wait patiently. If you were given an estimated date when you would have an answer and this date has come and gone, send a follow-up email. This can mean you may not have been their first choice for the job, but it isn’t necessarily the end. This can be another opportunity for you to tell them why you believe you’re the right candidate. This email is like the “thank you” note because once again, you will thank them for their time, but also express why you’re still interested in working for the company. Include one positive detail about the company that makes you want to work for them. Finish the email by asking if there is any other information they might want from you, and kindly request an update. 

If you have a change occur between the time of the interview and the follow-up, you may reach out to the hiring manager to report these updates, including any other job offer you may have received. If they plan to choose you, this might help them speed up the process to make an offer. Be cautious though, you don’t want to overly insist. Take this opportunity to present your interest in their company once again. 

Last should be the feedback note. If you find out you got the job, you will reply thanking them and the hiring process will begin. If you’re not chosen for the job, you may email them and ask for any feedback they might have for you. They may not always be available to respond, but contacting them after denial shows great character. Perhaps this can open other doors with them like their consideration for you in other available or future positions.   

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