Taking Action Following a Job Interview

Taking Action Following a Job Interview

Taking Action Following a Job InterviewTaking Action Following a Job Interview

Why Should You Follow Up?

Following up appropriately might not only get you the information you need, but it can also remind the company why you are an excellent prospect. It may also assist to strengthen your interest in the role as well as your capacity to follow through. Here are some ideas on when and how to contact an employer.


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When Should You Follow Up?

During your interviews, attempt to ask the employer when they expect to be able to respond with a response. If you have not heard back from the employer by that day, wait a few more days before contacting them. If you have no clue when the employer will respond, follow up in a week or two.

Yes, there is a potential you may irritate a highly busy employer who has just not had the time to complete the recruiting process. Depending on the size of the organization and the application pool, it might take weeks for the recruiting manager to restrict the field enough to schedule second interviews.

You may really remind the employer of your professionalism and communication abilities, as well as your enthusiasm in the position, with a succinct, pleasant follow-up note. If you interviewed early in the process, it may have the added advantage of drawing focus back to your distinct qualities and aptitude for the role. Applicants seen later in the process benefit as well, since their experience and talents remain fresh in the minds of the employer.


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What to Do Next

There are many methods to contact the employer. The best methods to contact me are through phone or email. Consider creating a script before calling the recruiting manager. This allows you to scribble down a few notes to keep yourself on track and to make sure you include any extra information you want to convey.

Again, your tone should be upbeat, succinct, and welcoming. Remind the company of your interest in the job and simply inquire about where they are in the recruiting process ("You indicated you were expecting to make a decision by Monday. I was just wondering where you were in the recruiting process.").

You should also inquire if the firm need any more materials from you. If you and the employer connected on some level or had an intriguing chat, you might mention it quickly ("I read the New York Times story about digital media that you suggested."). Personalizing your letter will assist the employer in remembering you.

If you decide to call, try to do it around a less busy time of day to enhance your chances of speaking with the interviewer. Avoid contacting just after lunch or towards the end of the day.

You may also send an email to follow up. Keep the email brief and polite, and, like with a phone conversation, include any personal connections you've established to set yourself apart from the other applicants.

If you believe the interview did not go well, you may also say that you have more documents to submit (perhaps another reference, or a sample of your work). You might also provide extra documents as an attachment.


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When Should You Move On?

If you leave a message and do not hear back within a couple of days, you may try again in a week or so. Recruiting managers are simply human, and job or personal circumstances might sometimes cause a delay in the hiring process.

By responding with a pleasant, happy message, you demonstrate your professionalism, regardless of whether this is the suitable position for you.

However, if you don't hear back after writing a thank you letter and two follow-up letters (over a few weeks), it's advisable to cut your losses and start looking for a new job. They know where to look for you, and if they are unable or unable to follow through, this firm may not be the ideal fit for you.

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