Interview Follow-Up: Just Do It!

How Effective is Your Interview Follow-up?

So, you’ve had your interview, you sent your thank you, you keep searching–now what?

If you are in a lull with your job search it is good to ask yourself, “Who haven’t I followed-up with lately?”

Before you do, check out Allison Green’s article in U.S. News & World Report on 5 Things You Should Never Do While Waiting to Hear Back About a Job.

DON’T do the following:

  • Check in aggressively.
  • Bluff by saying you have another job offer when you really don’t.
  • Stop applying and interviewing for other jobs.
  • Go on vacation and become inaccessible without giving the employer a heads up.
  • Agonize and obsess.

Why You Should Follow Up

Ok, now that you know what NOT to do, let’s talk about why you should follow up:

  1. It Can Give You Peace of Mind
  2. It Gives You a Chance to Strut Your Stuff (a Little More)
  3. It Can Move Things Along or Give You Closure

Read the full article: How Following Up Can Help You Land the Job.

How to Follow-Upfollow up with a phone call or email

Keeping the above don’ts and whys in mind, here is some solid advice on following up:

  • Don’t follow-up prior to the time frame the employer gave you to expect to hear from them. But remember, you should have already send your thank you.
  • A quick email or phone call is sufficient

Here are some examples:

Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I hope all is well. I just wanted to check in and see if there’s an update on the timeline or status for the [job title] position I interviewed for on [date of interview]. I’m still very interested and look forward to hearing back from you.


Since we last spoke, I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation about [business challenge you discussed]. I wondered if the team has considered [your idea for a solution]? I faced something similar at [previous company name] and this [explain positive result, with numbers if possible].

Use the following ONLY if it is true:

Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I hope all is well. I wanted to check in on the status of the [job title] position, as I’ve received an offer from another company. I’m still very much interested in joining the team at [company name], and wanted to get an update on my candidacy and the timeline before making a decision. Please let me know when you have a moment. Thanks!

It’s polite to let potential employers and your recruiter know if you’ve received offers elsewhere, and especially if you’ve take a new job.

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