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How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

September 6th, 2016

Job seekers spend lots of time perfecting their resume, drafting a compelling cover letter, scouring the web for open job listings and sending applications. Once they attend the in-person interview, they often breathe a sigh of relief, as they are nearing the end of the hiring process. However, many job applicants fail to complete an important piece of the process: following up after the job interview. Read on for four tips to do so.

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

4 Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

  1. Ask About Next Steps

One of the best ways to get a good handle on the follow up process and timeline after a job interview is to ask the interviewer what the next steps are before you leave the room. They’ll be able to tell you a timetable about when you can expect to hear from them, helping you time your follow up communication.

  1. Ask to Connect on LinkedIn

There’s nothing wrong with asking the recruiter to connect on LinkedIn after a successful job interview; this can even be the start of a long and fruitful professional relationship. However, it’s important to ask before doing this so you don’t ambush the interviewer. Also be sure to include a personalized note in your request instead of the standard greeting.

  1. Send a Handwritten Thank You Note

Sadly, handwritten notes sent by snail mail have turned into a lost art. Be one of the candidates who stands out to the hiring manager by sending one, ideally immediately after you get done with your interview. Sometimes a physical reminder of your skills, qualifications and team player attitude can elevate your chances of being chosen.

  1. Follow Up Via Email

If it’s been a week or so and you haven’t heard back, it’s time to touch base via email. Here is a good template for a follow up email, from The Prepary:

  1. Remind them of your interest in the job and thank them for meeting with you.
  2. Reiterate your skills and expertise, as they relate to the open position.
  3. Let them know about a recent new accomplishment.
  4. Ask about next steps.

By following these four steps, you’re sure to be more memorable to a hiring manager, and more likely to land the career of your dreams. For additional advice throughout all steps of the hiring process, don’t hesitate to contact us today! In the meantime, check out these helpful articles:

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