You’ve prepared for your job interview and by the end of it, you’re pretty sure that you’ve nailed it. But now what? How do you find out how you actually did? One of the trickiest parts of a job interview is asking whether you got the job, or to find out when you’ll find out. You don’t want to come off as pressing, desperate or annoying, after all. The last thing you want to do is derail an excellent job interview by leaving a bad last impression.
We’ve got 4 tips to help you follow up after your next job interview.
Once the interview is over, most interviewers will ask if you have any questions. Don’t just ask if you got the job or what your chances are. Instead, ask what the next steps will be. Usually, the interviewer will give you a time table within which you should expect to hear back. If that time table passes, don’t be afraid to call back and ask for an update.
Thank you notes are more important than you might think. A note will reinforce that you want the job, that you are courteous and they remind the interviewer about you after the job interview. Consider emailing your interviewer instead of sending a card or actual note. An email won’t get lost in the mail and will get there immediately. Not to mention that an interviewer is much more likely to get back to you via email than via the post.
This is appropriate as you may be creating a long-term professional relationship. You don’t want to be direct about asking the interviewer about the outcome of the interview. Find a logical reason to connect with your interviewer, for example sharing a professional article on a subject you discussed.
If a period of time has gone by and you still haven’t heard anything, feel free to email or call the interviewer. Try not to be pesky about it. You could thank the interviewer for a piece of advice given to you during the interview, or for taking the time to meet with you. You’re trying to remind the interviewer that you are out there.
Waiting to hear back from a job interview is a stressful experience. You don’t want to sound pushy when enquiring about how you did, so be sure to use these four tips to follow up after your job interview.