After an interview, you may feel at a loss about how to move forward. You sit and wait for them to call you back, but what if they don’t. You can take some initiative and follow up after the interview to help improve your chances of getting that job offer. But there is a fine line between following up and becoming a problem, so here are some etiquette rules that you can follow.
- Ask for their business card. Before you leave the office, ask your interviewer for their card. Make sure you get one from every person you spoke with. This gives you all the tools you need to effectively follow up. You will have their phone number, email and the correct spelling of their name. Make sure they have your contact information on the resume or by leaving your own card.
- Find out when they plan to make a decision. Also, at the end of your interview, ask them when they plan to make a hiring decision. What they say will give you a lot of information for moving on to the next step. For example, some businesses have a major approval process for a new job, so it may take a while. Or you may get a concrete timeframe. This will help you determine when to follow up.
- Send a thank-you note. As soon as you get home, send a thank-you note. A good rule of thumb is to send it in the afternoon if you have a morning interview or the very next morning if you have an afternoon interview. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and reiterate your interest in the job. It’s also a good way to include any information you forgot to mention in the interview.
- Follow up. Using the information they gave you in the interview, follow up on the job. If they said they would make a decision by the end of the week, follow up with them by email Friday morning. If they didn’t give you a specific time, follow up one week after your interview. Do it by email, so you don’t interrupt their day with a phone call.
- Know when to move on. These tips will give you an advantage to get the job offer, but there’s never a guarantee. If you follow up with them after the interview and they don’t call you back, let it go. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Continue your job search throughout your interview process. But you never know when someone might call you back in the future.
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