What you need to know about following up after a job interview

Most job applicants would think twice before following up with employers after a job interview because they don’t want to be put in a bad light. Open Access BPO, a call center in the Philippines, explains why this shouldn’t be the case.

So it’s been weeks since your recent job interview, and you’re pretty sure you nailed it. You’re thinking it’s probably just a matter of time before they give you a call about an offer for your dream job. But as time passes by, you begin to wonder if you weren’t that great during the interview after all.

Most people would move on and look for another target job if they don’t hear anything from the hiring managers. But others would argue that it’s best to follow up with employers before giving up. While it’s understandable to hesitate for the fear of annoying the company, it pays to stay on your potential employer’s radar.

So how can you follow up after your interview without sounding impatient or desperate? Here are some things that you should remember:

1.    Don’t hesitate to follow up

By asking for a feedback about your application, you show a deep interest in the job. You don’t want to pester employers, but politeness should also come from them by informing you about the results. You should remember that during the interview, following up later will be easier if you ask the employers about the timeline or the expected period of evaluation before a hiring decision is made. This can help you strategize on when to follow up.

2.    Be professional

Most job-hunting experts would argue that there’s nothing wrong about following up, unless the employers specified during the interview that they should never be contacted. The most professional way of communicating with hiring managers is by using the medium of communication they used in reaching out to you initially. Email is also a safe option, but you have to make sure that you use a business email address. Avoid using personal contact numbers or email accounts of hiring managers since this can be a major turn-off.

3.    Start with a thank you note

The first follow-up attempt should preferably come in the form of a note of appreciation. Thank-you notes should be sent to interviewers not later than 24 hours post-interviews. The message should be brief and conversational. Your goal is to restate your interest in the position and how the interview has made your realize that you truly belong to the organization. You may also use this as an opportunity to mention something you forgot to state in the interview. End the note by expressing your desire to hear from your employers regardless of results.

4.    Learn when to let go

If you’ve been earnestly waiting for a response, there will always be a point when you should let go and learn to move on no matter how badly you want the job. The best way to move forward after such frustration is by focusing on other job opportunities. Do not assume things or take it personally. You don’t have an idea why they didn’t contact you, so don’t create assumptions just to appease yourself. Follow up once and then wait. If there’s no response, follow up again. If you still don’t get anything from your employer, move on.

Indeed, it’s frustrating to stress over the results of your interview because you still haven’t heard from the hiring managers. But landing your dream job requires strategy and putting your best foot forward. Following up is a smart way to remind the employers about your desire to be part of their company and why you’re a good fit for them. Just remember that in the job hunting world, a little push is sometimes all you need to make a difference.