Advice on Following Up

Applying and interviewing for jobs have standard practices that some people may not think to do, if they haven’t done it in the past. Formatting a resume correctly is one of the skills in this process that must be done to get a job in many industries; as is following up after a job interview. What does this mean, exactly? Well, exactly what it sounds like. Following up entails reaching out to the person or persons you did the interview with in some way. Now which way you choose to do that varies on the job, the way the interview with and how you want to be perceived. This can vary between an email thank you to a gift, like a box of cookies or flowers. Of course, some job interview follow ups are better to do different things in than others. Below are some important tips for following up after a job interview.

Why Follow-up?

Following up is important for one reason in particular: it keeps you in the employers mind. They are undoubtedly seeing a lot of applicants for a job and regardless of how good their memory is, they will only remember those they saw the most recently or those that made some other impression on them in the interview. And this may not be you, for whatever reason. So following up will remind them of you and the interview you did together. It also shows the employer that you care about getting the job and want to make an impression in some way. In most cases, this is a great thing and should help your chances at landing the gig.

Timing For Follow-up

It’s important to time your follow-up correctly. You don’t want to do it immediately, like say an hour or so after the interview, as this may feel a little rushed. The recruiter or person in HR is also probably quite busy and won’t really have their full attention directed at your follow up in the middle of the day. So maybe wait until the end of the day when they are winding down to follow up and thank them for speaking with you earlier, reminding them of who you are and how passionate you are about the job. Waiting too long is also not very beneficial. If you wait longer than a day, then it could seem unprofessional and the recruiter may not really be able to remember you that well. Of course, that varies from industry to industry and business to business, as well as each and every interaction you have with an HR person or recruiter. So use your instincts here as to when the best time to follow up may really be.

Follow-up When You Haven’t Heard Back

If a company tells you they are going to make a decision in a certain amount of time and you have followed up out of courtesy already to thank them, hold off until that time passes before you contact them again. Then you will want to follow up politely and ask about the position again and remind them of who you are and how passionate you are about working for them. Many times, not hearing back is a bad thing and it means they have probably made their decision and gone with someone else. But sometimes they may be at a stand still and are waiting for one of their applicants to come and get the job. However the most important part of this type of follow-up is remaining kind and courteous, not demanding because you haven’t heard anything.

What To Follow-up With

Following up with items or with cards can be a tough decision. If it’s a lucrative job and you really need to stand out from the pack, sending a small gift is a bold but possibly brilliant decision. This depends on the job interview of course. If you hit it off with the interviewer, flowers, cookies or some small fun gift may beneficial, though it’s important that it doesn’t feel like bribery, To be a bit more subtle about the follow up, a card will often do the trick, as it shows you took the time to buy something and send it to them. If there is a really buttoned down, busy sense to the job interview, a email, text message or perhaps a phone call will work fine as a follow-up, though the latter has become less and less popular these days. This is where your instinct kicks in about how to best follow-up with recruiters or prospective employers and it could be a decision that helps you get a job or totally crushes it. So make sure you choose wisely.