Following Up After the Interview


Astro writes:
Should I write a follow-up letter after not receiving a response after an interview
for almost a month? If so I need your help in writing a follow-up letter for position
I interviewed and did not receive a response for all most a month. I browsed
your site but was unable to get any sample letter for such a situation. Please help.



The Career Doctor responds:
Employers are definitely slowing the interviewing and hiring process
waiting for budgets to stabilize and for the economy to improve and
allowing themselves to get the pick of the best candidates on the job
market. That said waiting so long after your interview has probably
sealed your fate.
The best thing job-seekers can do is follow this procedure regarding job
interviews and follow-up.
First at the end of the interview — if it went well and you feel a strong fit –
ask for the job. If you are not comfortable being that aggressive then at
least ask the employer about the timetable for filling the position. This
information will give you an approximate planning window.
Second as soon as possible after the interview write thank-you notes to
each person you interviewed with. If you interviewed with numerous people
you can use a “boilerplate” thank-you letter — but be sure to customize elements
of each one. Check that you have correct names and titles. You can also email
a quick note of thanks but you should also send a regular thank you via postal mail.
(Find sample thank-you letters here.)
Third a few days later but not longer than a week after the interview (or sooner if
the employer has a short timeframe) contact the main interviewer (hiring manager)
and again express your interest in and fit with the position.
Fourth follow-up again in another week (or sooner)…and keep up the weekly follow-ups
until the position is filled. As long as you are polite and only call about once a week
these calls will show your ongoing interest in the position — without be annoying or
sounding desperate.
Read more in our article
FAQs
About Thank You Letters
.

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Astro writes:
Should I write a follow-up letter after not receiving a response after an interview
for almost a month? If so I need your help in writing a follow-up letter for position
I interviewed and did not receive a response for all most a month. I browsed
your site but was unable to get any sample letter for such a situation. Please help.



The Career Doctor responds:
Employers are definitely slowing the interviewing and hiring process
waiting for budgets to stabilize and for the economy to improve and
allowing themselves to get the pick of the best candidates on the job
market. That said waiting so long after your interview has probably
sealed your fate.
The best thing job-seekers can do is follow this procedure regarding job
interviews and follow-up.
First at the end of the interview — if it went well and you feel a strong fit –
ask for the job. If you are not comfortable being that aggressive then at
least ask the employer about the timetable for filling the position. This
information will give you an approximate planning window.
Second as soon as possible after the interview write thank-you notes to
each person you interviewed with. If you interviewed with numerous people
you can use a “boilerplate” thank-you letter — but be sure to customize elements
of each one. Check that you have correct names and titles. You can also email
a quick note of thanks but you should also send a regular thank you via postal mail.
(Find sample thank-you letters here.)
Third a few days later but not longer than a week after the interview (or sooner if
the employer has a short timeframe) contact the main interviewer (hiring manager)
and again express your interest in and fit with the position.
Fourth follow-up again in another week (or sooner)…and keep up the weekly follow-ups
until the position is filled. As long as you are polite and only call about once a week
these calls will show your ongoing interest in the position — without be annoying or
sounding desperate.
Read more in our article
FAQs
About Thank You Letters
.


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