So, you had a job interview for a position you really want, and you feel it went well. What now? How do you follow up after an interview without seeming pushy or overeager?
Leave Enough Time Between Follow-Ups
Unless you’ve specifically been told that the recruiter or hiring manager is looking to bring someone on right away, leave at least a full business week between follow-up emails. This will convey your continued interest in the position without your seeming annoying or aggressive. Phone calls are usually unnecessary unless it’s a very small business with little access to email, or, of course if they specifically ask you to contact them by phone.
Ask About Following Up at the Interview
The first step in following up after an interview is to find out about the next steps in the hiring process. In your video or in-person interview, you’ll likely be asked if you have any questions. Always ask what the next steps will be in choosing a candidate, and about a potential timeline. Let the recruiter or manager know at that time if you have a specific time by which you need to make a decision about the role.
Follow the recruiter’s or potential employer’s lead after you get this information. If they say it will take weeks or months to make a decision, for example, frequent follow-ups probably won’t be necessary or wanted. If they’re hiring right away, move more quickly with your follow-up requests.
Send a Thank-You Note
After your job interview, it’s customary to send a thank-you note (usually via email). In the email, convey your interest in the position, and mention something specific that you discussed during the interview that makes you especially excited to potentially join the company. In addition, mention that you’re looking forward to speaking with them again soon. Provide contact information so that they can get in touch with you easily, in case they misplace it.
Let the Recruiter Know if Something Changes
If you accept a different position or if you decide to go in a different direction, it’s polite to let the recruiter or hiring manager know so that you’ll no longer be considered for the position. A quick, professional but casual email will be enough in this case.