How was it for you? Here is my feedback on my experience with you, and maybe some questions that I didn’t have time to ask during the process.
A follow-up email after an interview is one of those important unwritten social norms. Most recruiters would never directly instruct their candidates to do this, or discuss the importance of doing so. Of course, it is the hiring manager’s preference who they hire, and anyway there’s not much one can do about it anyhow, right? As a result, the question, “Should I follow up after an interview?” will inevitably arise.
To avoid being a nuisance to the hiring manager, here are some tips on how to strike the correct balance between being persistent but not obnoxious. Noone wants to hire a badger, but most companies like to have assertive and confident staff.
Email etiquette for following up an interview:
- A simple email of gratitude to the interviewer is an excellent approach to keep in contact with them and keep your name fresh in their thoughts. Every interviewer should be thanked in a personal letter or email. It will indicate that you are detail-oriented and realise the need of keeping in touch with all of the relevant stakeholders. It is polite, the interviewer took time out of their day to get to know you. Thank them for their time at least.
- Before leaving a job interview, one of your top priorities should be to gently inquire about the timetable for making a hiring decision from the interviewer. Using this method will help you to keep your follow-up attempts from sounding too eager or irritating.
- If a company temporarily halts the hiring process because of financial worries or internal restructuring, candidates may be more likely to just walk away from the process. If you haven’t heard back from your contact within a few days, you may want to send one more message — something simple, like “Just checking in here – is there anything I can assist you with?” — to see if there is something I can provide for the organisation”.
Remember, your tenacity and enthusiasm might help you get your dream job. As long as you remain courteous and adhere to recognised practices regarding when to follow up after an interview, you will be fresh in their mind, and you might even be considered for a future job that they have not started recruiting for yet.