What to Do After an Interview: 7 Reasons to Always Follow-Up After a Job Interview

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What to Do After an Interview: 7 Reasons to Always Follow-Up

Did you know the average number of people that apply for a job is 118, and only 20% of those people get an initial interview? The job market is extremely competitive, and once you get an interview, you want to make sure to impress during and after.

What to do after an interview is just as important as during the interview. Keep reading, and we will guide you through the seven reasons why you should send a follow up after an email and how to go about it.

Common Misconceptions

There are so many job opportunities out there for everyone. The interview world can be competitive, and you must try to make yourself stand out from the crowd and emphasize your skills.

Interviews can be long, nerve-racking, and exhausting. Whether you’re being interviewed by a panel of people or presenting a potential pitch, interviews take time to not only prep for, but the actual interview might last a few hours.

After the interview, people sometimes question if they should send a follow-up or thank you. The common thoughts that go your head may include:

  • “I don’t want to seem too eager.”
  • “I would rather wait it out for them to reach out to me.”
  • I don’t want to ruin my chances of getting an offer.”

However, these are common misconceptions because sending a thank you or follow up email can help your chances, not hurt them.

There are seven key reasons why you should send a follow up after an interview.

Why You Should Send a Follow Up

There are many positives of sending a follow up after an interview. Whether it's a handwritten note or an email, the follow up after an interview is key.

We are going to walk through 7 reasons why sending a follow up can benefit you after an interview.

1. Puts You at Ease

Sometimes, a recruiter may tell you a specific date you will hear back by, and you don’t hear anything. You’re anxiously waiting for any news, and it all feels out of your control.

If you wait four or five days after the recruiter told you there would be an update, it’s great to send a follow-up and check-in; it can even be an excellent reminder to the recruiter.

There could be a lot of other candidates, the recruiter’s schedule could be overloaded with different positions to fill, or they forgot. It can be a huge help to them if you reach out and will make you feel better.

2. Emphasize Your Skills

If you already sent your thank-you email after the interview and then wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, realizing that there was something you forgot to say that would’ve made you stand out.

You can approach the follow up by talking about the specific part of the conversation where you thought of an idea or solution or quality that you wanted to emphasize. Then end with saying you are looking forward to hearing from them or noting that if they need any additional information that they should reach out to you.

3. Move It Along

If you are waiting to hear back from the job you want, but you receive a different offer, this is the time to follow up. You can send an email to the Hiring Manager explaining that you received another offer, but are still really interested in the other job.

You can explicitly state you received another offer and ask if you can get an update on their timeline before you have to make a final decision on the offer. The email will nudge the hiring manager to either let you know that you’re in consideration or getting an offer or give you the closure you need to focus on the other job.

4. Sets You Apart

Not everyone sends a thank you email or note after an interview. It can make you stand out, especially if you add in a part of the conversation you really connected with and bring it back to a skill that would help you do the job.

If you want to stand out, a hand-written note can go a long way. If you’re nearing the final round interviews, sending a hand-written thank you can help set you apart and be a reminder to the Hiring Manager that they need to get back to you or make a decision.

5. Shows Enthusiasm

Companies are looking for the right fit for their culture and the team. Sending a thank-you email or hand-written note will only further show that you’re excited about the company and the position.

6. Stay in Touch

A huge part of every job is being able to build relationships not only within your team but within other departments so that when you need help or are looking for answers to a specific question, you have a go-to person to help you.

Sending a thank you or follow up can help show that you know how to build a relationship and if you don’t get the job, you can stay in touch with the Hiring Manager so that you’re top of mind if any other jobs pop up.

7. Next Steps

If you forgot to ask about the next steps during the interview, you could always send a thank you where you ask for the next steps and timeline. Their response will help you understand what the timing for the company is; they may mention if they have other interviews going on and when there will be a final decision.

This question is always important to ask during an interview, but sometimes the last person that interviews you isn’t the Hiring Manager, and they might not know a timeline or what the next round will be. Going directly to your source will help you get the right information, and is entirely acceptable to ask in a follow-up.

There are many reasons why sending a follow up after an interview will help, not hurt your chances to get the job.

What to Do After an Interview

Now that you’re a pro on thank you notes and follow up emails after an interview, you are ready to take on the follow-up.

You know what to do after an interview, and you are ready to take charge and set yourself apart from the other group of people interviewed.

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