The Follow Up

Mar 10, 2016 | Blog

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We’ve come to the end of our ‘How to answer’ series, so to round it off it seems only fitting to look at that last stage of the job interview – the follow up.

 

 

What is a follow up?

In general, there are two types of follow up after an interview. The one you do immediately, that is, within 24 hours, which is more of a ‘thank you for seeing me’ kind of correspondence. The other being the ‘why haven’t you called me?’ type, whereby weeks may have passed and you’ve not heard anything.

The ‘thank you for seeing me’ follow up

This is a simple note to your interviewer, thanking them for their time and the opportunity to interview for the role that you were provided with. More than just a courtesy, this email increases the chances that you will be remembered by the interviewer(s) which is always a good thing. It’s also an opportunity to relay any information you think you may have left out during the interview that they might need to know. This kind of follow must be done swiftly – with 24 hours is preferable.

The ‘why haven’t you called me?’ follow up

This one is a little trickier to do. You want to know if you’re still in the running or not, but you certainly don’t want to appear to be pestering. If you’ve used an agency then this follow up is simple – your consultant will already be chasing for an answer and this makes your life easier, as your consultant will have a relationship with the company already. However, if you’ve gone it alone, you need to master the art of the non-annoying follow up. Here’s some advice from the CA team.

Ask how long they are interviewing candidates for

This is a step that you need to do while still in the interview, usually as you’re finishing. It’s no good following up within two weeks if they’re interviewing for four. It’s not prying to ask how long the interview process is going to last – you’re more than entitled to know when a decision is likely to be made.

Keep it short

The only thing you should cover in the follow up email is the timeline mentioned in the interview (or if you forgot to ask about it, ask about it now), and nothing more. This is not an opportunity to relay any information that you forgot in the interview – that time has well and truly passed. Keep it short and to the point. A few lines is more than enough.

Don’t be too formal

If you come across as too formal you might appear somewhat demanding – not a good look on someone the hiring manager, or whoever interviewed you is potentially going to work with. Keep it light and conversational.

Don’t follow up twice

As frustrating as it can be, if you don’t hear back after your follow up, don’t be tempted to send another mail. Be patient and continue on with your job search and other interviews.

The interview doesn’t end the moment you leave the room. The follow up is a crucial final stage of the hiring process so don’t overlook it, especially if you have not used an agency. Without the help of a recruitment consultant that already has an established relationship with the interviewing company, you are on your own and your follow up is all the more important.

 

 

 

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