The job interview is a crucial parts of the hiring process, it’s when hiring managers really start to narrow down their search for the ideal candidate. Once you’ve had the interview and you feel that the interview went well, how you follow up can have an impact on you being considered as a finalist in the interview process. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re following up after a job interview:
1. The thank you
It’s nice to send a quick thank you note to the interviewer(s) shortly after you leave the meeting. Keep it concise and professional; ensure not to have any spelling mistakes and ensure to use proper grammar. This is a great way to reinforce your enthusiasm for the position and keeps you top of mind. Your follow up message should generally be sent within 24 hours of your interview. Don’t use this as an opportunity to ask if a decision has been made but you can express how great it was to talk about a particular topic during your interview, and even ask any relevant questions that came up post-interview.
2. Take their time frame seriously
If the interviewer(s) doesn’t volunteer the information during the interview, you should ask the interviewer what their timeline is looking like for a decision on what candidates they will be taking to the next stage of the interview process. Take that timing to heart. You don’t want to keep pressuring the interviewer(s) for answers when they said you should expect a response from them the following week.
3. The check-in
If the date the interviewer(s) provides for a response passes, it’s acceptable to send a check-in message. Again, sending a concise, courteous and respectful message, letting the interviewer(s) know that you’re just checking-in to see where they are in the hiring process, is definitely appropriate. If you get a response letting you know that the company will be moving forward with another candidate, remember to respond with a thank you message – you never know when your paths will cross again in the future.