4 Ways to Follow up After A Job Interview

By Melissa Coutts November 12, 2021 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa Coutts November 12, 2021

We’ve all been there, sitting twiddling our thumbs wondering if and when your potential new employers are going to reply after an interview.

Nowadays, most people feel uncomfortable reaching out to their interviewers, worried they may come across as pushy or desperate.

But this simply isn’t true, there are numerous ways you can follow up companies after those nerve-racking interviews.

In fact, following up may stand you in higher stead then other candidates, not only are you showing initiative, but you’re also staying fresh in the mind of the decision makers.

So, what’s the harm?

After all, you don’t ask, you don’t get, right?

The Thank You

Now first things first, at the end of the interview, make sure to ask your interviewer when you can expect to hear back from them, the date will give you a huge indication as to when it’s most appropriate to send a follow up.

When it comes to a thank you note, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant.

Send a quick email the day after your interview thanking the interviewers for the opportunity.

Maybe mention one specific detail about the experience, maybe something about the interviewer themselves or the company.

Make sure you end the email by saying that you’re looking forward to hearing back from them.

Think of a thank you note as an opportunity to demonstrate your excitement and appreciation for the role.

You can send chocolates or flowers if you want, but be careful, you’re seeking a job after all, not a partner!

The Follow Up

Now if you don’t hear back from your interviewer by the date they told you, don’t panic.

Make a note on your phone to send an email 5-7 days after the date.
When the date comes, send a quick note to the interviewer who you dealt with.

The content of the email should be similar to the thank you note, make sure you express your interest and excitement about the role.

Again, mention something specific about the company you admire or respect, letting them know that you’re still a serious candidate for the position.

When you reach the end of the email, ask if there is any additional information you can offer them that can be of use, perhaps a driving license or P45.

Then, sign off by saying you are looking forward to hearing back from them.

The Feedback

If you’re convinced that an interview went well but you haven’t been offered the job yet, send an email requesting feedback from it.

Again, if you’ve been paying attention to the others, be brief!

Take this as another opportunity to thank the interviewers for their time, then ask for some constructive feedback on what you can do better in the future to improve your chances of getting a job.

The tips might not seem like much in comparison to a job offer, but it’s important that you take them on board, after all, these could be the difference in the next interview you undertake.

It’s important to note however that not all recruiters will take the time to give you feedback, so don’t be disheartened if they don’t reply.

Just know you’ve done everything you can throughout the process to grow and improve, despite not getting the job offer.

The Change

An exception that will allow you to reach out inbetween the interview and the date provided by your recruiter is a change in circumstances on your behalf.

This could be a change in situation regarding another job.

Perhaps you’ve applied for your dream job but have received an offer from someone else before your dream job has managed to get back to you.

Inform the dream job that you have received another offer, but make sure you still show your admiration for the company and what they’re trying to achieve.

Or maybe there’s been a change in your portfolio.

This could be a result from a course or exam you’ve undertaken before the interview, or a certificate for some past exams you may have taken in the past that you’ve acquired.

Whatever the change, alert the employers as soon as you can, after all, this could prove to be the difference between landing the job or not.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to finding a job, there’s often a lot of waiting around.

More waiting often means more anxiety, which in turn fills us with more anticipation and nervous energy, urging us to act.

But don’t fall into the anxiety trap. Wait. Following up is about being smart, knowing when to make your move.

If you can take one thing from this article, then know that LESS IS MORE.

As we’ve discussed, there are numerous ways that you can effectively follow up a job interview, but the trick is to do it efficiently.

If done correctly, one email is good enough, any more than that and you start to appear desperate or even a little annoying.

So don’t pester!

At the end of the day, they’re the decision makers, so all you can do is try your best to help them throughout the process.

But if you’re mindlessly sending long winded emails, it’s only going to be a detriment to yourself.

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