How to Follow Up After an Interview

You’ve got your foot in the door, but how do you make sure they let you in?

We’ve all been there. The interview is over, and you feel great. You breezed past every question, provided solid references, and you know you’re the right person for the job.

But three weeks go by and you don’t hear anything. Weeks turn into months. Did you do something wrong? Is there anything you didn’t cover in your interview?

You want to touch base with your interviewer to see if you’re still in the running, but how do you do that?

Believe it or not, it all starts mere minutes after your interview ends.

Step 1: Write a Thank You Note

As soon as you get home from an interview, start drafting a handwritten thank you note. This should be brief, but powerful. Mention something new you learned about the organization, like what a typical day is like or what you learned about their workforce. That shows you’re not only interested in the company as a place to work, but in the people and culture as well.

Companies interview many, many applicants. Sending a great thank you letter is a wonderful way to stand out and help them remember you. Making yourself memorable means they’ll be more likely to get in contact with you in the future about the interview process.

Step 2: Send an Email Inquiry

The best way to get in touch about next steps is to send an email. Wondering how to make that email stand out? As noted by CareerSidekick, reply to an existing conversation. You’ve already talked to your interviewer by email (or someone in HR), so replying to that same email chain makes it easier to remember who you are.

Change the subject line to something specific regarding your interview. This can be something like RE: Last Monday’s Interview or RE: John Smith’s Interview Status. Something that catches the eye and gets straight to the point.

Step 3: Write the Email

A great follow up email should be short and sweet, but packed with specifics. Start off by using their first name, and then mention the exact position you’re applying for. Sprinkle in a few details about why you’re the best person for this position. Then tell them you enjoyed the interview and are excited to learn more about the company.

Finish up by asking about next steps and when you might hear something about the position.

Not quite sure what to say? Here’s a basic template! Feel free to adjust it to your needs, but try to keep it short and simple.

“Hi Edward,

It was wonderful interviewing with you last week regarding the Administrative Assistant position. I enjoyed learning about your company culture and hope to get started with Company Name soon! With over ___ years of experience, I’m excited to start working with Company Name.

If it’s not too much trouble, could you provide me with information regarding next steps and when I might hear back about the position?

Thank You,

Bobby Schmidt”

Call

You should only call as a last resort. If you’ve emailed and still not heard anything after a month or more, then it’s alright to pick up the phone. Politely ask about the status of the position. If they tell you it has been filled, thank them for their time and tell them you’ll be sure to apply for another position in the future. Just because this job wasn’t right for you doesn’t mean the next one won’t be perfect!

Do you have any more questions about following up after an interview? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2 Responses to “How to Follow Up After an Interview”

  1. Jerry #

    My question is what is the best reply to the question of WHY SO MANY SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS ARE REFLECTED WITHIN YOUR RESUME?? My answer is: “When I am am told of promotion can happen (in X time-frame) and it never comes up again, and I inquire about it, I get no reason why things are NOT going forward as implied they would. I get no reply ‘like’ it is taking a while because no advancement possibilities have opened; or like you need to work ‘on this or that…’ – I get no feed back.” SO I MOVE ON BECAUSE I TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY I LIKE TO BE TREATED, AND I EXPECT THE SAME IN RETURN… – said in a calm yet sincere voice, body language, and demeanor.

    Another response from me is “I was told a pay raise is forth coming, but no pay raise comes AND THERE IS LIKEWISE NO EXPLANATION AS TO ANY REASON, LIKE YOU DID NOT MEET THE NECESSARY EXPECTATIONS WE ANTICIPATED FROM YOU CONCERNING X,Y,Z… In fact I have only received praise regarding my job performance… SO I MOVE ON BECAUSE I DON;T WORK FOR LIARS, said in a nice yet sincere manner with appropriate body language and facial expression… Honesty cannot be faked concerning me, and anyone that knows me realizes this truth.

    Please reply with advice on an appropriate response regarding “Why so many short term jobs” – perhaps 4 or 5 lasting a few months each ONE BEING ONLY A 90 CONTRACTED POSITION – WHICH EXPLAINS THAT ONE.

    Some short term job have likewise been omitted from my resume. I just cannot afford too many gaps between employers…

    October 4, 2018 at 6:48 am Reply
    • Movin' On Up Staff #

      Good question Jerry. We’ll try to address this question in a future blog!

      October 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply

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