How to follow up after a job interview
Finally, you get the interview for the job you eagerly applied for. The interview goes well, and you wait to hear back. During this time period, there is a lot of anticipation and mixed feelings. It is normal to go from feeling very confident, to questioning whether or not you did well during the interview. However, there is the option to follow up after a job interview. Doing so offers you some clarity and a bit more of what to expect in the future to come.
While there are a few options for how to follow up after a job interview, one way to let your interviewers know you are still interested is by sending them an email. The initial email you can send is one to simply thank your interviewer for the opportunity. This email should be sent no later than a day after the interview. It helps to mention a fact or two that you learned regarding the company, and to explain that you look forward to hearing from them. This just shows your interest in the company and that it has remained even after the interview.
While the previous email is a simple “thank you” email, the next email is a follow-up. Often, the interviewers will give you an idea of when to receive a response. If the date passes and you have not heard back from them, then it is possible to send an email five to seven days after the supposed response date. Similar to the “thank you” email, it helps to express interest and mention that you look forward to hearing from the company. In the email, it is also possible to ask if the interviewers require any extra information.
If there is no response, then it does help to email other individuals rather than just the interviewer. This includes HR, the hiring manager, or the recruiter if they have been involved in the interview process.
While sending the emails should get the point across that you are interested in the potential job opportunity, there are varied opinions as to whether or not a phone call should be made to the hiring manager. If you have waited to hear back and the response date has passed, then it can be appropriate to call if you have not sent multiple followup emails. This is a different way to express interest and can be just as effective as email. If the number has been provided, then it is possible to do a followup call.
Although the waiting period can feel challenging, it is also an opportunity to learn more about the potential company and other similar companies that you might be interested in. Following up is a way to give you some insight into the outcome of the interview. There is no harm in asking for feedback either, as it is a way to help you enhance your skills and reach your highest potential.
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