7 tips to follow up after an interview

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Waiting for a response after an interview can sometimes seem endless, and while you might be tempted to sit next to the phone and anxiously wait for that all-important call, it is hardly productive – or relaxing.

Contrary to what you might think, the interview is not the end of the line. Instead of simply waiting for the verdict, take initiative and follow up with your interviewer. By following up you are grasping the employer’s attention, while it also allows you to add in any information that did not come up during the interview. Here are some tips to follow up successfully:

1. End your interview by asking about the next steps i.e. when the interviewer is planning to contact candidates. If you haven’t heard anything by then you can legitimately send a quick, friendly note, indicating your eagerness to hear from them and your willingness to provide any additional information. You could also write a more formal letter, introducing achievements that didn’t get discussed and elaborating on the answers you gave during the interview. You could even address issues the company is facing and explain how you could contribute.

2. Check that it’s ok to contact them and ask about their preferred method of communication. If they say “don’t contact me before next week” – don’t. And if you tell them you’ll send them a list of references the next morning, make sure you do it – following through on your promises will show them the type of employee you’re going to be.

3. Send a thank you note. Aim to do this within 24 hours following the interview. You can even send it from your phone when you are on your way home from the interview. Following up quickly will highlight your professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm for the role of the interviewer.

4. Emphasize how much you want the job. You can do this before you walk out of the interview room or in your thank you note. Don’t be afraid to say something like: “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I hope you select me.”

5. Ask about connecting via LinkedIn, but look for a logical reason to do so. For example, you can connect them to somebody who knows about their hobby; you’ve got an article they might be interested in.

6. Don’t harass the interviewer. If things drag out, periodically (e.g. monthly) send them something they may find useful or tell them about something valuable you picked up from the interview. The idea is to stay in the interviewer’s mind, but avoid overwhelming them with superfluous notes.

7. Keep learning and thinking about the company. That way you will be prepared for any additional interviews or questions from the employer.

Following up after an interview is just another important step in the interviewing process, and taking the time to do so can only work in your favor. Even if you end up not getting the job, your interviewer might well remember your dedication and enthusiasm when a position comes up in the future.

Source: HN Global