So you’ve had your interview, and you think it went pretty well. That’s great. But your work isn’t done: you’ll need to take the initiative to follow up after your interview. It’s an important step to show hiring managers that you’re still interested, understand the company’s needs, and hopefully, close the deal. Below are some expert suggestions for timing your follow-up communications.
Before You Leave the Interview...
If possible, try to find out what the employer’s timeline is for evaluating candidates is before you leave the interview. Maybe ask about next steps, or when you should expect to hear back from them. This will make it easier for you to know when and how to follow up. If you don’t have this information, you’ll still want to follow up in timely, polite manner.
Follow up With a Thank You Note
Unless the hiring managers have specified otherwise, it’s usually a good idea to follow up with a thank you note. It’s not just simple politeness, but a good chance to show the company that they are a high priority for you. Keep this note brief and professional: this is not a time to go on at length about your qualifications. The interview should have covered that.
If You Haven’t Heard Back...
If you haven’t heard anything within a reasonable amount of time--say a week or so--it’’s okay to call or email to check back in. If you do this, be polite, and do it in a low-pressure way. For instance, you might say “I just wanted to follow up and see where you were in the process”, or something to this effect. We don’t recommend following up beyond that: be patient, and continue pursuing other opportunities in the meanwhile.
Don’t Put Your Job Search On Hold!
It’s always a good idea not to put all your eggs in one basket. While you’re waiting for a response from a company, be sure you’re continuing to send out resumes, scheduling interviews, and continuing to network to find other possible jobs. It’s possible you might not hear back at all from a company, in which case it’s time to move on. It’s also possible that you might hear back much later than expected, and that the response may be positive. You never know, so don’t stop looking!
What you do after the interview can be almost as important as the interview itself. Follow these tips and keep yourself in the running. And if you haven’t had the interview yet, check out our Interview Tips for advice on making an impression and winning the job!