How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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After a job interview, it's important to follow up with the hiring manager. The most important step you can take to follow up after a job interview is to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and to reiterate your interest in the position.

Your thank you letter, email, or call is also an opportunity to highlight your relevant qualifications and slip in important details that may not have come up during the interview.

How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

If you have time during the interview, collect business cards from those you interview with. That way, you'll have contact information to easily follow up. If that isn't feasible, check on LinkedIn for the correct spelling of the names, job titles, and for the contact information for your interviewers, if it's listed.

When you are selected for a job interview, it means that you're a serious contender for the job. That's why it's important to take the time to follow up after every single job interview, including in-person and phone interviews, and second interviews.

By following up, you're reminding the interviewer that you're a strong candidate for the job and you are reinforcing the fact that you're qualified and should be given serious consideration.

Follow Up Email Message and Thank You Letters

Follow the guidelines below when crafting your follow-up notes.

  • Don't wait. Send your note within 24 hours of the interview - sooner if you're emailing. That saying about "he who hesitates is lost" can hold true when you're job searching.
  • Promote your candidacy. Use your follow-up note to reiterate your interest in the job and the company.
  • Tell the interviewer why you are qualified. Highlight your relevant skills that are specific to the job requirement.
  • What did you forget to say? If there's something you had wished you'd shared during the interview, do it now. Mention anything you wished you had said, but didn't, during the interview.
  • Proofread your follow up letters before you send them. A typo or grammatical error can knock you out of contention.
  • Review examples of thank you letter examples if you're not sure what to write.

Follow-Up Phone Calls

Even though it's easier to send a quick email, making a follow-up phone call can help your candidacy for the job. In addition to saying thank you for consideration for your job, you can share a few of your key qualifications.

You can also mention anything you forgot to say during the interview. Here's how to make a job interview follow up call.

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