You’ve been eagerly anticipating the job interview for weeks and now it’s over. You think things went well, but the waiting game begins. For many job seekers, this is the most painful part of the process. And it’s fairly awkward too, especially if you don’t know how and when to follow up with the recruiter on the status.
It’s natural to wonder what the next steps should be for a post-interview follow up. Here is a timeline to help for checking back in with tactfulness, but being proactive at the same time.
The Next Day
Take the time to write a thank-you note to the person (or people) you interviewed with. You can purchase a professional-looking thank-you card and jot your note inside. Keep it brief, personal, and to the point. Be sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with you to discuss the job opportunity and invite them to contact you if they have further questions or need more information. Leave your name and phone number inside. Address it to the person you met with, and drop it in the mail promptly.
One Week After the Interview
Allowing enough time for the hiring manager to check your professional references, verify your work and educational history, and evaluate you against other candidates is important. Generally, a week is enough. This is a good time to send a quick email to check on the status of the hiring process. Make it a point to offer any additional information the hiring manager needs or to track down your references if anyone is taking too long to respond.
Two Weeks After the Interview
By now, the hiring manager should have gathered all the necessary information at this stage. Now is a good time to pick up the phone and check in with the hiring manager to find out the next steps. Be polite and remind the hiring manager who you are based on something unique at the interview. You want them to have a positive impression of you. Respect their time and if they seemed rushed, let them know you will follow up in a few days.
Three Weeks After the Interview
Checking in now requires a phone call. If you don’t connect, send an email right afterwards to invite the hiring manager to get in touch with you at their convenience. You may be asked to come in for a second interview, or you may be advised that the company has not made a decision or may have cancelled the job need at this time. Be patient and remember that all good things come to those candidates who are professional.
Following up after an interview is a bit tedious, but worth the effort because it sets you apart from other candidates who don’t demonstrate interest. While you are following up, be sure to keep applying for jobs and interviewing elsewhere. Take a temporary assignment while you are seeking an answer from a company you want to work for. You may end up getting a great temp assignment that turns into a full-time, rewarding career.
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