Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and Important

Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and ImportantMany job seekers take a passive approach after an interview. They simply wait and hope to hear from the employer. This is a mistake.

First and foremost, always send a thank you note to your interviewer.

Following up by phone is another step that shouldn't be skipped. It only takes a quick call to find out where you stand, as well as the type of impression you made on the interviewer. In addition, it shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.

If you know that the employer is expecting to make a decision by a certain date, call a day or two after that. If no timetable was discussed, call between seven and ten days after the interview.

Here is a suggested script:

  1. Tell the interviewer your name, the position for which you interviewed, and the date on which the interview took place. Say that you're calling to follow up on the status of the position.

  2. IF A DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE: Ask when one is expected, and when it would be suitable for you to follow up again. Also think about asking the interviewer about his or her initial perceptions of you. If he or she shares any possible weaknesses, ask what you might do to correct them. Be sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time.


    IF THE JOB HAS BEEN OFFERED TO SOMEONE ELSE: Ask the interviewer what would have made you a better candidate (so that you can improve your effectiveness during future interviews). Even though you didn't get the job, be sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time, and consider sending another thank you note. Remember that there may be other job opportunities with this employer, so remain polite and respectful at all times.

Following up from time to time helps build rapport with the interviewer and shows your interest in becoming part of the organization. The hiring process often takes longer than anticipated, so be patient and upbeat in each interaction you have with the employer.

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