Following up on a job interview is crucial. Even if you blow the interview, it pays to get in touch after the fact. Post-interview follow up gives you the chance to continue the conversation after the interview is over, or get a little closure to the interview process. The question though, is what’s the best way to follow up?
Follow Up Step 1: Send a Thank You Note
It’s always good practice to send a thank you note. You can send this note via snail mail or email, depending on the contact information you have for your interviewer. A thank you note is simply a polite and positive reminder that you exist. It will help your interviewer(s) want to get back to you and it’s a great opportunity to express your interest in the position.
Need some help writing that thank you note? Here are some thank you note basics.
Follow Up Step 2: Send a Short Email to Check In
When you’ve finished your interview, you’ll often be told when you can expect to hear back. If not, that’s a question you should ask before the conversation is over. If that amount of time passes and you haven’t heard anything, it’s reasonable to call or write to check in. An email is less intrusive and won’t put your interviewer on the spot, so it is generally a better way to ask the question. It’s always a good idea to thank them again for the interview and ask if there’s an update on the position. It’s also another great opportunity to express your continued interest in the position. Below is a good example of a follow up email:[Interviewer],
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me on [date — or “last week”]. I just wanted to follow up in regards to my interview. Do you need any further information from me? Please let me know when you have a free moment to connect for an update?
1-2 Lines to reiterate why you are a match for the role. (keep it simple here and try not to oversell)
Thank you,[Your Name]
Remember, the post-interview follow-up is an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and make sure you and the interviewer are on the same page and that there’s no additional information they need from you. Your follow-up should include a reaffirmation of your interest in the position, and your clear belief that you’re still the best person for the job and could thrive at their workplace. Even if they’ve already made a decision, sometimes other candidates decline offers or seek other opportunities, leaving an otherwise busy interviewer facing the prospect of interviewing more people or debating if someone they’ve already spoken to is still on the market.
If you are searching for a role in accounting, administration, finance, human resources, marketing or operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, call us today. Menlo Partners Staffing, a Peninsula based temporary staffing and employment agency (650)752-6193.
Image Credit: nateOne