How To Successfully Follow Up After An Interview

By Jennifer Kim on Friday, May 29, 2015

You've just had your interview, and you're confident it went well. After all, you did your pre-interview preparation -- research of the company and the position (you can check out more tips on how to prepare here). 

Now what do you do while you wait for a response?

Before anything else, follow up. This can't be emphasized enough, as it's one of the most important steps in the job application process. Staying in contact with your prospective employer will help you to continue building the relationship you've worked hard to establish in the interview. Here's a couple ways to stay in contact and illustrate how much you want the job.

Thank you emails

The first way is to send a thank you email to your interviewer within 24 hours after the interview. Most people send generic emails, so the best way to make yourself stand out is to make sure your thank you email contains 2-3 conversation points from the interview. This will help the interviewer to easily remember who you are and it shows that you were paying attention. If you're someone who has trouble with short term memory, then right after your interview, write down the conversation topics and questions.

Another great thing to include thank you email is get feedback about your answers to the interview questions and their thoughts on your resume. This adds value to yourself because you'll be seen as being open-minded and willing to learn and improve, two traits that companies look for in individuals they invest in. At the end of your email, add a slightly more personal touch by thanking your interviewer again for his time and help.

Follow up emails

You can send your follow up email in the same thread as your thank you email, or you can start a new thread with a subject line along the lines of "Interview Follow Up." However, unlike your thank you email, your follow up email should be short and to the point. The email should consist of continuing to make your interest in the position known while asking them if they would want you to send them references. Since hiring managers are very busy, you want to make sure that your email will be read by sending a short message. Sending these emails out a week after the interview is a reasonable time frame and doesn't make you seem desperate.

Some points to keep in mind:

Remember to keep these emails personal. Prospective employers are people, too, and you want to keep these relationships to expand your network even if you don't get the job.

Have an email signature. In it you can include your name, work title, email, phone number, and personal website or LinkedIn. Having this allows the hiring manager to easily find your contact information, and you indirectly direct them to your website.

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