Following Up After a Job Interview
What is the first thing you should do when you get home from an interview? Sit down and write a thank-you note to each person with whom you interviewed.
A quick follow up will show interest, professionalism and courtesy on your part. Below are some examples of ways to express that.
Dear Bill / Good afternoon Bill,
That interview with you was great! Thanks again. Just wanted you to
know that I am very interested in this opportunity with (name of company).
I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.
Thank you very much for the interview today. In reviewing the
opportunity with (name of company), I am most eager to start. In closing,
let me say that no matter how many people you interview, what their
education or experience is, you won’t find anyone who wants to work for
you more than I do.
I’m really excited about the opportunity you are offering. This seems
like the business for me and the position is a great fit for my skill set and
experience. If you need any additional documents or information from me,
please let me know.
corner, to be immediately directed to that article). The following excerpt is from three career coaches with their best advice on the follow-up process:
Send an e-mail, not a handwritten note. Some people think a handwritten note will make them stand out from the crowd. The coaches disagree. "It will make you look like a dinosaur," says Cohen.
Sooner is better than later. If you're competing with another equally qualified candidate, and she beats you to the follow-up-note punch, you'll have put yourself at a disadvantage. Do write as soon as possible. The coaches all recommend doing so within 48 hours.
Late is better than never. We all drop the ball sometimes. If you've missed the 48-hour deadline, write anyway.
Consider sending a second, more substantial note. It makes sense to send a quick, enthusiastic thank you right after the interview--with a promise that you'll soon send along a more substantial note.
Focus on the interviewer. In your e-mail, make it clear that you listened to the interviewer's needs and concerns and that you're prepared to address them.
Talk about how you can add value and solve problems. Sarah Stamboulie says your note should be written as if you were a consultant for the company where you want to work.
Even if you blew the interview, do follow up. Cohen recommends that you acknowledge any gaffes. You could say, "I felt I didn't represent myself in the best possible light." At the least, you want the hiring manager to become a networking contact.
If you don’t hear back, pick up the phone. David Couper recommends what he calls a three-strikes policy: two e-mails followed by a phone call if you haven't gotten any response.
Proofread carefully. Coaches say one of the most common mistakes job-seekers make is sending a follow-up e-mail with typos. Ask a friend to proofread your note, and/or slowly read it aloud yourself.
If you’re upset, give yourself time to cool off. Job-seeking is an emotional process, and it's upsetting when you don't hear from a potential employer. But if you're feeling angry, don't try to write an e-mail. Give yourself a day to calm down.