Job interviews can be stressful. Knowing when and how to follow up afterward can be even more so. While you want to be proactive and take initiative, you don’t want to pester the hiring manager or seem desperate. Finding the balance can be tricky. However, here are a few tips on how to follow up after a job interview.
Send A “Thank You” Email
Typically, it is a good idea to send a follow-up email a few hours after the interview. Simply write a short thank you to the hiring manager letting them know you appreciate their time. Express your excitement about the job possibility and leave it at that. This initial follow-up should not be lengthy. Its purpose is to politely establish an open channel of communication with the company. This creates an easy means for the hiring manager to follow up with any additional questions but also demonstrates certain soft skills such as communication and proactivity. When writing your follow-up email, begin with a subject line.
Some great examples include:
- Thank you (Manager’s name)
- Following Up Regarding (position applied for)
- Thank you for your time
- Great speaking with you today
Something along these lines lets the manager know you are grateful for their time and took the interview seriously.
Send A Follow-Up Email
On average, it takes around 2 weeks to hear back from a company. However, consider sending a follow-up letter after 1 week to let them know you’re still interested and to find out where they are in their process. It’s important to note that any communication with the company you’ve applied for is an opportunity to demonstrate professionalism and talent. Here is an example of a follow-up email.
Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank you again for your time last week. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you about the AEM developer role. From our conversation, it was clear that your company has a vision and work environment that I would be grateful to be a part of.
I particularly enjoyed discussing your need for an individual who can create value and insight regarding company procedures. It’s an interesting challenge, and one I’ve continued to reflect on since our meeting. Over recent years, I’ve encountered many of the same barriers we discussed: Identifying problem areas, developing an effective work culture, and communicating solutions to the team. Focusing on the growth and development of the company rather than simply providing a service to clients has been one of my most successful tactics in overcoming those barriers and one of the reasons I’ve consistently exceeded my quotas.
In my relationships with co-workers and clients alike, I focus on building trust and credibility, and I’m excited about potentially bringing that skill set to your company. If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.
Writing a good follow-up email can do a lot to keep you at the forefront of the Hiring Manager’s attention.
Stay In Touch
Another important factor of following up after an interview is to stay in touch. It’s not uncommon for a recruiter or hiring manager to reach out through email with a question or two. It’s important to routinely check your messages to ensure you get back to them in a timely manner. Companies can’t wait around for responses and if you miss an email they may move to another viable candidate. Respond to any messages in a quick and efficient manner. Stay reachable and you increase your chances of being invited in for a follow-up interview.
Follow Up With Your Recruiter
One of the best ways to follow up after an interview is to do so through your recruiter. Rather than reaching out to the hiring manager or company directly, reach out to your recruiter. This is effective since most companies will work with the same recruitment agencies more than once and there’s a good chance your recruiter already has an established relationship with the company you’re applying for. Let your recruiter serve as a liaison and they can keep you posted on where they are in their decision-making process. If the company goes another direction, your recruiter may also have insight as to another position you would be qualified for.
How Can TechBridge Help?
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