Updated: Jan 9
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So you've just had a job interview and you're wondering what to do next?
Following up after the job interview is almost as important as the interview itself. Surprisingly, follow up is done poorly or not at all by a lot of people. These candidates miss out on the chance to stay front of mind and to remind the interviewer of their suitability for the role (without being pushy!).
Don't make that mistake! Here are a few tips on how to follow up in a way that leaves a positive impression.
Send a thank you email
Saying thank you isn't just good manners - it can also go a long way in reminding the employer of your strengths and suitability for the role. A quick thank you note after a job interview shows you're polite, professional and truly interested in working for the company.
Follow up in a timely manner
Send your thank you note shortly after the job interview. Don't wait too long, as the employer may have already made a decision. A good rule of thumb is to follow up within a few days of the interview.
Keep it brief and professional
Your follow up should be brief and to the point. Reiterate your interest in the position and thank the employer for their time.
Make sure to personalise your thank you email and mention specific points from the interview to make it more meaningful.
Don't be too pushy
What should you do if you don’t hear back within the time frame they gave you? First, don’t panic. These decisions can get delayed for a variety of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with you. After waiting a week, you may choose to follow up with another short email expressing your excitement about the role.
Use your network
If you have connections at the company, consider reaching out to them to ask about how the hiring process is progressing. These insights can help you know the most appropriate time and method to further follow up your interview.
Thoughtful follow up after a job interview can make all the difference in securing the position. IT's a chance to reiterate your interest in the position and thank the employer for their time. By following the tips in this article, you can make a great impression and increase your chances of getting the job.
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