It may have been a day, a week, or a month since your interview with a prospective employer. Things went well, you think. You are expecting something positive to come from the time you spent preparing and the way you presented yourself in the interview. The tension is likely killing you, and you can’t wait to hear back from your interviewers. You know you need to follow up. But tread lightly, the last thing you want to do is come across as desperate for a job. This article discusses the delicate balancing act of following up after an interview as a candidate.
Thank Your Interviewer for Their Time
Did you know that the best follow-up starts the day of the interview? A brief emailed thank-you note – written and sent right after the interview is completed – is a nice way to remind interviewers of their conversation with you, without appearing pushy or nagging. An effective thank-you note can be quite simple. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you, and tell them how you enjoyed meeting them. Think of this follow-up activity as a way to exemplify your professionalism, your personality, and your courteous nature. Avoid reminding them to contact you regarding the results of the interview, and consider ending the note with a simple “I hope to see you again soon”.
Consider Your Recruiter to be Your Job Counselor
If you are working through a job placement firm, you have a significant resource at your disposal in the follow-up process. After sending a simple thank-you email, your best bet is to work with your recruiter to check in on progress. Think of your recruiter as your job counselor and your best advocate in the interview process. If you would like any feedback on your interview performance, recruiters are a great resource to glean valuable information from. They can often tell you how the interviewer perceived your presentation and give you tips on how to prepare for future interviews.
One of the great things about working through a placement firm is that you are unlikely to annoy a prospective employer, because you are working directly through your recruiter. In fact, to branch outside of the process and contact the company directly sends a bad message and you will likely come across as more desperate than you would like to present yourself. Stick with your recruiter and trust in their ability to interact with employers on your behalf.
Check In On Progress As Needed
Work closely with your recruiter when checking in on progress of your application. As mentioned above, they are your best advocate in the hiring process. But you shouldn’t feel that you don’t have a part to play after the interview is completed. Once you have completed the interview and all parties have had some time to think over the conversation and the impression that was made, consider reaching out to your job counselor or recruiter for updates on the status of the job or advice on how to proceed. If after the interview you think of something particularly relevant you would like to share with the employer, pass it through your recruiter so they are also able to stay up-to-date on your progress.