You’ve written a killer resume and aced the interview, so what happens next. You need to follow up. Many job seekers ignore this step all together and others don’t do it with enough finesse. You owe it to yourself to follow up on the interview but it is important that you do it the right way. Before you type that email or pick up that phone, here are some important things for you to consider.
How long after the interview?
In the interview you should have asked the hiring manager how long before they expected to make a decision. You can base your time to follow up on this information. If you don’t have a clear date, follow up within a week after your meeting. This will give them time to interview other candidates, review, and make a decision.
What time should you call?
If you plan on calling the interviewer it is important that you plan your phone call for the right time of day. Don’t call first thing in the morning because they need to catch up with other priorities. Don’t call right after lunch or just before the close of business. The best time to call is around 10 o’clock in the morning. Remember that this manager has more responsibilities than just hiring so be courteous of their time.
How do you write a follow up email?
You don’t always have to make a phone call. A follow up email is often a good choice because they can read and respond when they have the chance. In the email include a reminder of your interview and let them know you’re interested and available.
When do you let it go?
One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is to cross the line between proactive and annoying behavior. In a perfect world every hiring manager would contact all candidates even if they don’t get the job, but that doesn’t always happen. If you follow up within a week and don’t receive a response give it another week and send an email. If they do not respond at this time, it is best to move on. You may not want to work for a manager with poor follow-up skills anyway.
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