First Published: January 6, 2019
Updated: February 26, 2020
After the interview, now what?
You just had an interview and you think that they will call you back soon. You check your email, phone and Linkedin and nope, no message.
You’re wondering what to do and borderline obsessing if you really got the job or not.
The best thing to do after a job interview? Follow up.
But not just follow up nonchalantly, follow up smartly.
Last thing you want to do is appear overeager, annoying and desperate. You need to do this the right way the first time.
Let me share with you a few things that will make following up after an interview so much easier and smarter.
Tip No. 1: Follow up at least a day after your interview
I know how it feels like when you instantly want to know how you did in the interview.
But it’s best to wait at least 1 day before sending that email.
This is to give your recruiter enough time to gather feedback from the hiring manager and provide you with valuable information.
Oftentimes, recruiters juggle multiple hiring requirements and not only do they need to look for the best resources for a position, they also coordinate with the hiring manager on profile evaluation, scheduling and feedback.
Give the recruiter time to go through their hiring process and wait patiently.
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Tip No. 2: Use email in following up.
Now I know some people recommend to use the same medium the recruiter got in touch with you – like through text or phone call.
But I think that sending an email is more professional. When an email is sent, it goes directly to their work inbox and replying is much more convenient.
Also, recruiters may get a lot of follow ups on their phones and yours might be buried in all of the messages.
Don’t use Facebook Messenger in following up. It’s an absolute no-no to use this approach.
Respect the privacy of the recruiter and stick to emails.
Tip No. 3 Craft your email professionally.
The email that you will send is the 1st ever correspondence that you’ll send after the interview and it has to be professional. Here are some more tips.
- A tip I always use when constructing emails is to follow the KISS way – Keep It Short and Simple. You want it to be quick and easy for the recruiter. It’s a reminder, not a full explanation.
- Have a good opening that will get your recruiter’s attention.
- Reference positive experience you had with going through the process
See sample below:
Tip 5: Send a follow up after 3 days of no reply from the 1st email
If after the 1st email you have not gotten any feedback, go ahead and send the next follow up email at least 3 days from the time you sent the 1st email.
The spacing of the follow up will not be pushy and this will be a plus to you.
The key is that you want to be perceived as interested but not desperate.
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Tip 6: If after the 2nd follow up you have not heard back from the company, it’s time to move on.
This may not be what you were hoping but it’s part of job hunting. There are companies who will respond quickly, some will not.
If you’ve given them enough time to gather feedback to get back to you with a decision. And after 2 follow ups there is still no response, then I think it’s safe to say that you did not get the job.
This is fine. You will live.
Part of job hunting is getting yourself ready for disappointing news. If one company does not get back to you, then off to the next.
Shrug it off and Learn from the whole experience.
Prepare yourself in answering interview questions so that the next time you go to another interview, you will be better prepared and get more positive results!
There you have it! Happy Job hunting!
P.S. If you used any of my tips, please share them over and let me know how it went. I would love to hear from you. Email me here.
About Daisy Casio
Daisy is the creator of ChampLeaders. She has a husband, a toddler, a passion for travel and love for learning something new everyday. She writes about leadership, motivation, career tips and many more. Daisy hopes to share her mantra on being positive and living your best self now.