How to Follow Up an Interview?

Interview following-up is a crucial but often overlooked link in job searching process, most people think a interview follow-up just sending a email to thank the interviewer and express your interest in the work, but that is not the whole story. There are couple of things you need to consider, and if you take the follow-up in a wrong way, the results may be counterproductive. This article would show you how to do a correct follow-up to increase your hiring possibilities.

 There Are Something You Need To Do Right After The Interview…


  1. Ask about the decision time. If your interviewer does not tell you when their will make the decision, then you should take the initiative to ask. Ask about the time when the interviewee will be informed of the results, who will inform the interviewee (the interviewer himself or the human resources manager), and by what way to inform the results (email, phone, or letter). This step is very important. After getting this information, you will know the time required to wait for the interview results, and when should I contact the person in charge.
  2. Ask the interviewer for a business card. The interviewer’s business card will give you access to accurate contact information such as name, job, mailing address and e-mail address. This information will save you time when you give the interviewer a thank you letter.

 When You Get Home…


  1. Send an email to express thanks. a thank-you email on the same day will let the interviewer see you are a dedicated, well-organized candidate. If you drag this thing for too long, it will give the interviewer an impression that you don’t care about the job, then your competitors would get a chance. Also remember to thank the people helped you arrange the interview.
  2. Summary the interview. What the interviewer talked about? For this position, what are the conditions and personal characteristics the interviewer looking for? Write down every detail you could remember. If you enter the second round, the summary of the first round will help you more targeted to prepare the questions asked by the interviewer, and if you do not enter the second round, the summary also let you understand where you need to improve.
  3. Ask the interviewer and hiring manager to add you as a connection on LinkedIn. As long as your request is appropriate, they will approve it. Before the request, give the interviewer a short message, explain who you are, and what you talk about in the interview.

 A Few Days Later…

  1. Send a more formal thanks letter. This letter could be an e-mail or paper letter. No matter what kind of form, this thank you letter is to tell the interviewer, you are a good applicant, very suitable for the job, reiterate that you are interested in the position and can contribute to the company. You could also add some information that interviewer may be interested in, or information about the company’s interests. This can help you stand out from the competition since most of the candidates will only mention themselves in the letter of thanks. If the interview is not only an interviewer, then you should give each interviewer sent a thank you letter.
  2. Inquiry the result by phone or email If the interviewer did not reply you. The interviewer will normally indicate that they will take some time (either two days or half a month) to make a decision, and if you have not received a reply after that time, you may wish to ask their decision again. If you decide to ask by phone, find a quiet place and a suitable time to call – not to choose the working hour, lunch break time and the time about get off work would be great. The call should be as polite as possible and as concise as possible. Keep in mind that you may be talking to a very busy hiring manager who not just concerned about your job application.
  3. If you get the job or the opportunity for a second round, get back quickly. Let the company wait for your reply will be very unprofessional, and will make them feel that you do not have enough enthusiasm for this job. Do not worry that you will be overly excited in their eyes!
  4. Even if you do not get the job, you should also thank the interviewer. Do not be angry or overly disappointed, accept the reality, and treat the interview as a precious learning opportunities. Whether you are notified by phone or mail, you should reply, thank the interviewer for your interview. This step should be done by email, not by phone. Calling the interviewer will make them feel uncomfortable, you could also miss other job opportunities with this company.

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