Don’t Forget to Follow-Up on that Job Interview!

Don't forget to follow-up after that interview.

Many candidates avoid following-up on an interview for fear of appearing needy or annoying, but when done correctly – a follow-up note can be a great opportunity to show how qualified and enthusiastic you are for the position.

Some Tips to Consider When Following-up with a Job Interview

  • Ask for their timeline during the interview. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask when the hiring manager expects to make a decision, or when the next round of interviews may take place. Use this information as a guide when following-up on the interview. After sending a thank you note, wait for the timeline to pass before you follow-up a final time.
  • After interviewing for an IT job, it’s recommended to send a follow-up email rather than a letter since it’s the fastest way to reach the interviewer. You should ideally send the email within 24 hours, if not sooner.
  • Send a thank you email to each person who interviewed you. You should individualize each thank you email rather than send a general email CC’ing everyone, so don’t copy-and-paste! During your interview, collect business cards of everyone in the room so that you can verify positions and email addresses. If that’s not possible, find each contact on LinkedIn.
  • Remind the interviewer why you’re the right person for the job. Reiterate your interest in the position and highlight your qualifications.
  • Often times you find yourself wishing you answered a question differently or realizing you forgot to add some key information. You can use the follow-up email as an opportunity to briefly mention anything you missed.

By following up with the interviewer, you’re showing your enthusiasm for the position while reminding them of your candidacy. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a lasting impression.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post on what to write in a thank you email.

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About Grant McElmury

Grant McElmury is a 12-year IT Job professional, specializing in career advancement and work-life satisfaction.

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