Once you have completed a job interview, it feels like the hard work is done. A huge exhale of breath is usually followed by introspection at how the interview went.
You run over in your mind all the good things that you did, but of course, it’s human nature to dwell a little longer on the mistakes that you felt you made along the way.
And then you wait. You wait for a phone call, or you wait for an email to let you know if you have secured the job or not. Except, maybe this is not the right way to go about things. Maybe there are certain steps you should have followed after the job interview was completed.
In this guest post by Ellie Coverdale, we share four proactive steps for following up after a job interview.
1. Find out the next steps before the interview is over
During your interview, it’s a good idea to ask the interviewer what the next steps are.
This is an effective approach for two reasons. Firstly, you are showing an element of nous and organisation in asking this question. Now, not asking it is not going to work against you as such, but enquiring does show an important bit of gumption.
The second benefit to taking this approach is that you now know, or at least have a good idea, what the next step will be.
So you know how long you will probably have to wait, and you will know if you need to do anything (be proactive) or simply wait by the phone. It clarifies the next step in your mind, which can never hurt.
2. Send a ‘thank you’ note
Really? Well, not a physical note, obviously, but an email to the person you were dealing with before the interview was conducted to thank them for their time and for meeting with you.
“Sending a ‘thank you’ note may seem a little old-fashioned, but that is just one of its charms. The fact that perhaps not a lot of people do this anymore will stand you out from the crowd, and anything that does that in a positive way had to be a good approach to take,” recommends Charlie Kravtitz, a career blogger at Academized and Stateofwriting.
You may find it useful to find a ‘thank you email template’ online. Generally, in your thank you email, you will:
- Thank the person and company for meeting with you.
- Reiterate that you are interested in the position.
- Cover any points that you feel you failed to cover and provide any relevant additional information
- As a rule of thumb send out your thank you note within 24 hours.
- Don’t forget to use an eye-catching subject line.
- After every interview, send a follow-up email.
That doesn’t mean regurgitating what is on your CV, of course. But anything that you wish you had said in the interview but didn’t can now be included in the email, so it’s a good way of rounding everything off. Try it. Oh, and make sure you do it quickly too.
3. Ask if you can connect via social media
Another question that you should ask in the interview itself, or you can include in the ‘thank you’ note, is to enquire as to whether you can connect with the company via the right social media channel, which to all intents and purposes here, is probably LinkedIn. The company’s other channels are for marketing, and so anyone can follow and like the company there, but LinkedIn is different.
“LinkedIn is something a little more focussed on recruitment and B2B. Getting in this way keeps you fresh in the company’s mind, and just reconfirms your proactiveness and desire to get the job,” says Piers Cuelmo, a business writer at BigAssignments and AustralianHelp.
Connecting with the hiring manager
Even if you have been told that the company will contact you, after a certain period of time has elapsed, it’s certainly not a bad idea to check in once more.
Obviously doing it too quickly will show that you are a little overeager, which could count against you, but certainly after a week or so it’s no bad thing to follow up with an email or a phone call to simply ask at what stage of the process the company is at in its decision making.
How do you inquire about a job after an interview?
So you’ve already sent your thank you email and you haven’t heard back, even though they told you that you’d know the outcome by now.
What should you do? At this point, it is worth sending out a follow-up email to inquire about the job.
They may well have given the job to another candidate however, it is possible that their recruitment process may have been delayed or the team is still in the middle of their decision-making process.
Enquire by sending an email reinstating your interest in the job and asking when you are likely to receive an update.
Whilst waiting to hear back, be sure to continue your job search.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Feel free to reach out to us here at Graduate Coach if you are currently on the hunt for your dream job – we can help you. Check out our 1-2-1 coaching programme or our interview coaching programme page for more information.
If you are a job seeker currently looking for a new job check out these related blogs posts:
- Feeling Sad after Interviews: Dealing with Post-Interview Blues
- How to Beat Interview Anxiety
- Benefits of drinking water during an interview
- Why Do I Keep Failing At Job Interviews?
Ellie Coverdale is a lifestyle writer at EssayRoo as well as at UKWritings. She has been involved in many projects down the years, which she has taken valuable learning experiences from, and she also teaches writing at BoomEssays.