Following up after an interview
can be a delicate business. You want to show your interest and initiative without seeming overeager. While some basic conventions govern when you should follow up after an interview, they can also vary based on the circumstances. You can write a thank-you note shortly after the interview. Taking a look at some samples
can help you come up with the right words. The interviewer will typically let you know how soon you can expect to hear about a decision. Once the indicated period passes with no word from the employer, take a few more days and send a follow-up email with a brief, courteous inquiry about the status of your job application. If you do not hear back, wait another week or so before sending another inquiry. However, if you work in an aggressive profession such as sales, you can benefit from taking a more pro-active approach unless the company specifically tells you not to. In any event, if a few weeks go by and you still do not have a response, you can assume you did not get the job. Emailing usually works better than calling for this purpose, as it causes less disruption to your contact's day. However, do your research: some companies still have more of a phone culture and do not check emails regularly.