The Right Way to Follow Up After a Job Interview

So you’ve finished the job interview for your dream job (or, at least a great job) and as far as you’re concerned, you nailed the job interview! It’s only a matter of time before they call you with an offer, right? But after a couple of weeks pass without a peep, you start to get that sinking feeling…  perhaps the job interview wasn’t the slam-dunk you hoped for. At this point, you may feel that the best decision is to cut your losses and move on. But before you put that job interview in the past, be sure to follow-up with the employer.

The job interview is only the beginning of the conversation. While you certainly don’t want to come off as annoying, you want to stay on the employer’s radar.

Here is the right way to follow-up on a job interview, without being a pest

1. Write a Thank You Note

After your job interview, the first follow-up should be a thank you note; preferably a handwritten letter sent through the mail, which is more likely to be read, but an email on time is better than nothing. You should always send a note to every person you interviewed with, no later than 24 hours after the interview. Keep these things in mind in your note:

Be brief, friendly, and conversational. You’ve already had the job interview, so let your gratitude and personality show a little bit.
Restate your interest in the job and any relevant details on why you’re qualified.

Thank the potential employer for their time as job interviews can require employers to set aside a lot of time, often forcing them to push off work.

The thank you note is also an excellent opportunity to add any significant information you may have forgotten to say in the interview.

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