You’re confident that your job interview went well. You thought that was the hard part … but it seems easy, now that you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for some feedback and the final outcome.
How do you come across as professional and interested, versus desperate or needy, as you follow up in your job search?
Ask Before You Leave
You should begin your follow-up process before you leave an interview room. When your interviewer asks if you have any questions, if they haven’t given you a timeframe for a final hiring decision, it’s a good idea to ask. This shows your continued interest and conveys your tact and professionalism.
- If the company doesn’t provide a defined time line, wait one business week. Then send a polite, concise message. Don’t annoy the employer with repeated calls or emails. (By the way, your thank-you note for the interview should be sent out, regardless, preferably within 24 hours of your interview.)
- If a time line is given and exceeded by at least a week, a well-written follow-up note is reasonable. You may begin with something like, “I know you were planning to make a hiring decision by the end of September. I wanted to follow up and see where you were in the process.” Be sure to show your appreciation for the employer’s interest in you and remind them why you’re the perfect person for the job.
As you await news on your interview performance, put yourself in the interviewers’ shoes. They have to go through all the interviews conducted before moving on to the next step. Even if you are their top choice, they may need to talk with internal candidates or others who threw their hat into the ring at the last minute.
- Listen as the hiring manager explains their decision process. Failing to do so will reflect poorly on you as a prospective employee. Then, think carefully and strategically about the frequency of your follow-up.
- Be remembered as the pro that you are. Show that you understand and respect how busy a prospective employer is. If you’re a candidate they feel good about, rest assured that they have not forgotten you. This practice of patience will serve you well throughout your career. As you move up and ahead, one thing that will always help you to succeed is learning how to wait for what you set in motion to happen.
In the Long Run …
- Keep looking. It’s not advisable to suspend your job search while you wait for an answer following an interview. Continue to pursue other opportunities until you get a firm offer.
- After sending your follow-up message, if you still don’t hear anything, wait about three more weeks. Then pick up the phone and ask if the job has been filled. After this, put the company into your tickler file. After two months, check to see whether they may be hiring again. You might be surprised by a new job possibility that hasn’t yet been posted.
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