Getting an interview and feeling like it has gone well is a wonderful step; it means you already stood out among applicants and potential recruits. However, it can feel odd to not know what will happen next, and many polite applicants will try to leave recruiters and companies to their work. However, with some proactive steps, you can keep yourself engaged with your recruiter and company contacts without being overbearing or desperate. It’s all a matter a of clear communication.
End the Interview With Asking for Follow-Up Information
One mistake that many people make is not getting a timeline while the interview is going on. Most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions at the end of the interview, and after you ask any relevant ones, it only makes sense to also ask for whatever information is available about the timeline of the job. Questions like, “when do you all expect to make a decision?” or “will there be other interviews for candidates who are still being considered?” show a concern for the next steps in the process without being pushy or making the process all about yourself.
Email Your Recruiter For Clarification
Your recruiter is most likely quite busy, so a follow-up email can be very helpful. You can include details about the job interview, especially if it cemented your interest in the job. Conversely, if you know you are not interested, it’s best to let your recruiter know immediately so they don’t focus on getting you an offer. Most likely, however, you’ll want to see if they have any further information about the hiring process that would help you do well with the employer you are seeking.
Send a Thank-You Note Immediately
While people certainly get jobs without sending one, this advice is tried-and-true: sending a thank-you note after an interview makes you appear thoughtful, on top of things, and eager for the job. The sooner you send it, the more likely it is to have an impact on your ability to get the job, especially if you are working from a position of little experience. What’s more, it’s a chance to continue the lines of communication and follow-up without seeming needy or asking a specific question. A thank-you note is so much better than an email that basically just means, “did you make a decision yet?” but still accomplishes the goal of getting them to think about you again.
Follow-Up Right at Times When You’ve Been Told to Expect Results
Many people think that something positive will come from sending frequent emails, making phone calls, or even texting their recruiter and potential employer. However, you are better off communicating at important moments when you were expecting results: if you were told they’d be finished deciding in a week, you can email them after 8 days to check in. The exception to this rule is if you want to offer extra information, such as a document you mentioned in an interview, or if you have a specific question for your recruiter. Feel like you just cannot wait that long? Find a way to seek information from the recruiter or company that isn’t directly related to whether you will receive the job. You’ll appear interested and engaged, but won’t pester them. The mantra to remember is that the decision for the job will not be made instantly because you sent the pestering email.
Ultimately, the received wisdom about following up after job interviews is true: be engaged and prompt but not desperate and overly informal. Until you have an offer in hand, don’t be fooled by informality in the employer’s demeanour; maintain a level of collegial professionalism, even if you really just want to loosen up.
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