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The Art of the Follow-up

Okay, so you’ve found a suitable job opening, submitted your perfectly formatted resume and managed to secure an interview. You’ve researched the company and have prepared extensively for the interview. Finally, the day of the interview arrives and after the interview, you leave feeling like you’ve absolutely nailed it! You really, really want this job.

So….now what? How do you go about following-up?

While most people are aware they should follow-up after an interview, some seem to be unaware of the etiquette and art of doing so.

For this reason, I’ve put together the following guide.

How-to Guide: Interview Follow-ups

Step 1 – Set an Expectation

  • The first step to a proper follow-up really begins during the interview – ask the employer directly about next steps. This will give you a basic idea of what sort of timeline to expect.

Questions like the following may be useful:

– “When can I expect to hear further information on next steps?”
– “When will the next round of interviews take place?”

Step 2 – Ask Your Recruiter

  • As soon as you are finished your interview, give your Recruiter a call and ask them their thoughts on how to best follow-up.
  • Likely, the recruiter will suggest that all follow-ups in regards to job application status goes through them – after all, your recruiter is the one who will have the established relationship with the potential employer already!!

Step 3 – Thank the Interviewers for Their Time

  • Again, your Recruiter can help you with this as everyone is going to have different thoughts on what is most appropriate.
  • Most of the time however, and especially if they have given you their business card, you’re okay to send a quick 2-3 liner email reinforcing your interest in the position and thanking them for their time.
  • This should be sent within 24 hours of interviewing.

Step 4 – The Waiting Game

  • Unless you’re lucky enough to be offered a position in the interview, every job application process is going to have some aspect of the waiting game.
  • If you’ve done everything right up until this point, you should have a pretty good idea as to when you should hear back from the Recruiter and Employer.
  • Whether the expected delay is a few hours, 2 days, or 2 weeks, you’ll have to wait it out. Really try to avoid calling or email before this agreed time period.
  • Although it often feels like an eternity when you are excited about a job, there’s little anyone can do to speed up the process—remember that there are many moving parts going on behind the scenes.

Step 5 – Wait some more!

  • Unfortunately, there are often ever further delays than what you’ve originally been promised—that’s life!
  • The best thing you can do as a candidate is to stay patient! After all, as soon as your Recruiter hears anything, you’ll be the first person to know!

Step 6 – The Bottom Line

  • How you act after the interview is just as important as the interview!!
  • No one likes to be nagged; try to put yourself in the employer/recruiter shoes and keep in mind that delays happen and although hiring you for the job is important, there are many other parts of their day that equally require their attention.

Stay positive, be patient and remember that good things come to those who wait!

Good luck!