You’ve been to interview and now have a wait ahead wondering whether you got the job or not. So, what should you do after the interview to help to increase your chances of getting the job?
We hope you excelled at interview and you came out feeling like it went well. If you are preparing for interview, then you may like to read our 10 Interview questions and answer examples to help to prepare.
It can be difficult to read the interviewers and to gauge how it actually went, but try not to worry. You have given it your best shot at the interview and now we will cover what you need to do afterwards.
ALWAYS send a follow-up email after the interview
This is important for the following reasons:
- It shows that you are diligent and follow processes through
- It shows the you are genuinely interested in the role
- You have not applied for just any job, you really want that job
- You are showing respect for others time
- It helps to bring your name to the forefront of the recruiters mind
- It shows professionalism
How should you write a follow-up email?
Good question! Below we’ve listed some do’s and dont’s and then have listed an example for ease of use.
Send an email that sounds genuine
Make it brief, simple and straight forward
Address the person who interviewed you
Mention the role you were interviewed for
Use a subject line that will get the email opened immediately
Write a long thank you note
Try to give extra information to support your application
Attach certificates or recommendations
Be overly informal
When to Follow Up After an Interview
When to follow up is almost as important as the content of your email! Getting it right plays a role in the delivery and how your follow-up will be reviewed.
So, when should you follow up? In our view it should be between the following timescale: by the end of the day in which your interview was conducted or by lunchtime the day after.
If you send a thank you note within this time frame it means that the recruiter will likely remember you and may not have yet made a decision about who should get the job.
Below we cover how to create the body of your follow up email
Keep it simple and straight-forward. Don’t be shy or unclear.
How to write a follow up email after an interview step-by-step guide
- Greet them by their first name
- Say you’re following up in regard to the job you interviewed for
- Be specific when mentioning the job – include the job title, the date you interviewed, or both
- Reaffirm that you’re still interested in the position and excited about what you learned in the interview, and that you’re eager to hear about next steps
- Then ask for an update. Tell them any information they can provide would be appreciated, and that you’re looking forward to hearing back from them
- Finish by saying “thank you,” and then signing off with your first and last name
- Keep it short, to-the-point, and well-spaced (2-3 sentences per paragraph)
- Run spell-check and proofread everything before sending your follow up email. Don’t risk having a mistake in your email.
Here’s an example of a well laid out thank you email
Before you go to interview ….
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