After the Interview: Effective Follow-up

April 7th, 2015

You snagged the interview and it went well, but the story isn’t ended, Follow-up is essential – good protocol for several reasons, and it will ultimately increase your chances of being hired on for the job. Here’s how to follow up effectively:

Determine The Appropriate Follow-up Time.

There is such thing as following up too soon after an interview or meeting. You will want to give the interviewer time to conduct other interviews and to gather his or her notes after the process. Conversely, there is also such thing as following up too late after an interview. If you don’t follow up quickly enough, the interviewer may hire someone else before you get the chance to reach out. Finding the exact balance can be tricky. Send a brief thank you immediately and then wait at least a week or two before your official follow-up. If they gave you a timeline, then respond according to what they said.

Distinguish Yourself.

If you have any way of distinguishing yourself, don’t forget to make note of that in your follow-up e-mail. This will help the interviewer remember who you are and be able to call up the right set of notes when making decisions about you. This works in your favor, as many candidates will likely be indistinguishable from one another.

Restate Your Interest.

Use your follow-up e-mail as an opportunity to restate your interest in the position or company. If your interviewer had any doubt about your enthusiasm, use this time to clear that up and make it completely obvious that you are excited and ready to work. Many candidates will skip this step, so it will serve as a way for you to go above and beyond the status quo.

Ask For a Time Frame.

It’s appropriate to ask for a time frame of when you should expect an answer. The best time to do this is in the follow-up e-mail, because then the interviewer isn’t put on the spot and he/she can answer honestly. This will also serve as yet another reminder that you are serious about the position and would really like to work with them.

Developing the art of follow-up will boost your career. Of course, you need to gain the interview first. For assistance with finding job opportunities, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find a job that is a good match for your skillset and help you find interviews.

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