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How to follow up after a job interview?

Posted On01/29/2019

ContributorBrandon Eiges

Congrats! You just finished your interview and you feel like you nailed it: You developed a connection with your interviewer; you gave detailed, calculated answers to their questions; and you (hopefully) made a great lasting impression!

Before You Leave the Interview

  1. Get your interviewer’s business card: It is good to keep a Rolodex of contacts you’ve made during your interview process and hopefully maintain some sort of relationship afterwards. It should contain their contact information so you can send them a quick message in the future.
  2. Ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn: This is similar to getting a business card — a virtual one. As with any social media platform, you wouldn’t want to send a connection out of the blue. It’s better to just play it safe and ask them prior to connecting with them.

Send a Short “Thank You” Email

You’ve arrived back at home, endorphins at an all-time high, eager and excited with the potential opportunities that may present themselves in your potential new role.

One of THE top tips that recruiters and industry professionals give to interviewees is to send a follow-up “Thank You” email after the interview, thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.

Typically you should email your interviewer within 24 hours after speaking with them, so that your conversion is fresh in your mind — and your interviewer’s mind as well!

Here are some things you want to make sure to note in your follow-up email:

  1. Thank them for the opportunity to present yourself for the role
  2. Affirm why you are a good fit/show your value to the company and their team
  3. If you forgot to say something that you feel was really important or impactful during the interview, mention that in the thank you note
  4. If you find an interesting article/piece of relevant content related to something discussed within the interview and/or job, offer to share it with them as a “thought you’d find this interesting” type of piece.

Connect with Them on LinkedIn

This is pretty straightforward, but remember to connect only if you’ve asked and gotten the go-ahead from your interviewer to send them a LinkedIn request.

When you send your connection, don’t just leave it blank; add a personalized note.

Once again, thank them for allowing you to connect with them and grow your respective networks.

What Not to Be While Waiting for A Response

Impatient.

What to Be While Waiting for A Response

Patient.

The interview process is not an easy one for you, the interviewer, or the company you are interviewing for. It may take a fair amount of time for a company to make the decision whether to hire you.

Regardless of whether or not you get the job, using the steps above should help you leave a lasting impression that you are a polished, qualified, and professional candidate.