How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

You may think you have done well in the job interview. But now you have to turn that success into a job offer. How should you follow up after a job interview? The first thing to consider is whether you really want that job. If you do, there are several ways to cement the relationship with the person who interviewed you. You have competition for the job and the correct follow-up process can help you eliminate that competition. This article will address the best ways to help you stand out from the other job applicants.

Step 1

Ask for a business card from the interviewer before you leave. This will give you the person's correct contact information, including name, title, mailing address and email address. Also, find out how soon a decision might be made.

Step 2

Make notes about the interview while it is still fresh in your mind. These notes will be useful during a second interview to help you recall topics of conversation.

Step 3

Send a thank you note by email the same evening as the interview, so that the interviewer will get it first thing in the morning. Include your full name, phone number, mailing address and email address. Make sure this email doesn't go to a spam folder by writing "Job interview follow up for (your name)" in the subject line.

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Step 4

Write a separate thank you letter to each person you interviewed with. Use these helpful tips:

  • Hand write it on professional-looking stationery. If your handwriting is less than perfect, then type it.
  • Use the interviewer's first name in the greeting and salutation only if you were told to during the interview; otherwise, address it in a formal manner.
  • After thanking the interviewer, affirm your interest in the position and reiterate how you would be an asset to the company.
  • Insert something personal, if possible, such as a mutual interest that came up in the interview.
  • Add information that the interviewer might be interested in, or some useful information that the company could use profitably. This will help the interviewer to remember you, as most people follow up after a job interview with only information about themselves.
  • Close the letter with "Yours Truly," "Sincerely" or "Respectfully Yours."
  • Proofread it thoroughly for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Step 5

Phone the main interviewer from a quiet place a few days after the interview. Pick a good time of day -- not right after lunch, early in the morning or at the end of the working day.

  • If the call goes to voice mail, leave a message. Express interest in the job and ask if there's any other information they need about you.
  • If you speak to the interviewer in person, you can ask how the decision process is going. You might be told that you did or did not get the job, or that they are unsure and to call back later. They might be expecting you to prove how keen you are, so keep calling or emailing.

Step 6

Respond professionally and promptly if you are contacted about a second interview or job offer.