Should you follow up after a job interview?

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So, your interview comes to an end, you have a positive feeling that it went well and the last thing you hear is “we’ll be in touch”.

The question is – do you follow up?

YES.

Take it from me, a Recruitment Consultant with over 23 years’ experience, its good practice to send an email after your interview to thank the person for their time. Keep it short and sweet, you don’t want to appear desperate.

For example:

"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today about the [job title] position with [company name]. I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining the team. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you in the near future."

TOP TIP - Do not send more than one email.

You want to create a lasting impression on the interviewer - not portray yourself as a pest.

When leaving an interview, be sure to ask whether there is a second stage of the interview process and by which date you can expect to hear back from them. Manage your expectations; recruiting can be notoriously slow!

If you’ve not heard back within the agreed timeframe, by all means chase the hiring manager or recruiter for a decision. Unfortunately, as time passes so does the likelihood of a positive outcome. It may be a simple oversight on their part or another factor that is affecting their hiring process. This however, is poor practice if the lines of communication aren’t upheld.

In situations where you are the one doing the chasing, ask yourself one question. Do you really want to work for a company that is so blasé about you and the time you have invested in their organisation?

Lisa Belcher

Principle Consultant  
Specialisms: Admin, Clerical & Business Support
Tel: 01622 236631
 
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