Following Up After a Job Interview

(November 7, 2017) So you just had a job interview, and you think it went great! Yet time has passed and you haven’t heard back which makes you second-guess how well you did. Instead of moving on, consider following up with the employer. While you don’t want to annoy your employer, you should definitely stay on their radar. Here are some great tips and template to follow up after a job interview.

Write a Thank You Letter

The first step after your job interview should be to email a thank you note to every person you interviewed with as soon as possible. The note should be short and conversational, restating your interest in the job position and remind them why you are qualified. If you forgot to mention something during the interview, the thank you letter is your chance to mention any additional information.

Here’s a sample thank you letter:

Hi [interviewer name],

Thank you so much for meeting with me today. I’m very excited about the opportunity to join your team and help [insert something you would be doing] for [company name].

I feel like my past experience [insert some of your qualifications here) would be great fit for your company.

Please keep me posted on the status of the hiring process. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Best regards,
[your name]

Following Up A Few Weeks After Interview

If a few weeks have past and you haven’t heard back, you might be worried that checking in will make you seem annoying to the employer. However is done right, it wont come across that way and you’ll show that you want the job.

Don’t jump to conclusions if its been a while and you haven’t heard back. It doesn’t mean you didn’t get the job; sometimes it takes a while to make a decision. If they told you they would get back to you by a certain date of after said weeks, wait a few days before following up.

Here is a sample check-in:

“Hi Amanda, I hope all is well! You mentioned that you’d be finalizing your decision for the [position] this week. I’m eager to hear when you have an update. Please let me know if there’s anything I can provide to assist you in your decision-making process.”

Even after you follow up, the hiring managers or who ever interviewed you may take a while to respond. They are either very busy or there isn’t any relevant news to update you on your status. Either way, they will let you know with time. The key to following up with employers is not to be over eager or pushy, be patient and timely when checking in. The hiring process takes time, and it’s sometimes difficult for employers to make a final decision. We hope this helped!

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