You just aced a job interview!
You leave the office feeling so good about the interview, and you cannot wait to hear back. You know that you should follow up, but how should you do it and what should you say?
You know you need to say something, but you don’t want to come off as too cocksure or disinterested. It’s like having a great date. You want to see the person again, but you don’t know when to reach out or what to say!
In this article, we will discuss some methods of how to follow up with an interview, so that you can start your new job!
The purpose of the follow up
The reason you are following up with the company is to thank them, and to get more information. What is this information you may ask? You are looking to see if there are any updates in the interview/hiring process, and you are looking to see if they want to schedule a follow up interview with you. If in your previous interview you were told that you may speak with another person at the company before a final decision is made, see if you can get that interviewed in the calendar!
When to send a follow up
In general, you should follow up within 24 hours of your interview. At this point, you are still fresh in their minds. However, at least wait until the following day to send them a follow up. If you send one from your car in the parking lot of the building where you were just interviewed, that’s way too soon.
Should I do an email or phone call
If you have been communicating with the company mainly through email, then you should send an email. If you have mainly been communicating via the phone, give them a call. However, make sure that you follow up with the person that interviewed; not necessarily your point point of contact.
For example, if you were mainly communicating with a talent acquisition company or a hiring coordinator, but you interviewed with a manager of a company, send your follow up to the manager. They are the one who is going to make the ultimate decision.
Prepare what you want to say in your follow up
It’s not a bad idea to have a notebook on hand with a few talking points nearby if you’re following up over the phone. If you have any questions about the job, additional comments about your experience, requests for another interview, or anything else you might need.
When you send an email to the recruiter, make certain to go over every word. You can tell the interviewer how much you enjoyed the interview, where additional information can be found, and if there is anything else you can tell them or send them. Quite often, job recruiters will ask for examples of your work or references after an interview.
During your follow-up interview
At this point in the process, you are probably starting to get very excited. When you get to the second interview, most people will tell you that this means you 100% got the job. This is not necessarily true, so you need to be sure you nail this interview.
You are going to behave very similarly to how you did during your first interview.
Often times, you will be interviewing with somebody other than who you interviewed with the first time. Make sure that you know your resume backwards and forwards as they will more than likely ask you specific questions about something on your resume.
Dress up to the same degree as you did in your first interview if not a little nicer. It is important for them to see that you can pull yourself together more than once.
At the end of the interview, ask for a timeline. Ask them when they are looking to make a final decision, and when that person will start. Ask them if you can have one of their business cards so that you can send them a thank you the following day.
Concluding the follow up
Remember, if they asked for a follow-up interview with you, it means that they are interested in you. You haven’t necessarily landed the job yet, but you are a bit closer.
Sending a thank you or a follow-up message after an interview is both good manners and also a best practice when it comes to searching for a job. Follow these steps, and you will impress employers and yourself!
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