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How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

Job Interview Tips
Job interviews are important parts of the job searching process and should be taken seriously. With that said, knowing how to follow up after a job interview is just as important. Many people do not know how to follow up with an interview and simply do nothing about it. Getting in touch with the interviewer after meeting with them can end up being the deciding factor in whether or not you get the job. Many people decide not to follow up after an interview for fear of coming off as annoying, but with these tips, you can show the interviewer that you are professional and determined.

Ask About the Next Step

Before leaving the interview, ask the interviewer what the next steps are going to be. More than likely the interviewer will give you a timeframe when he or she will be contacting those who the company has decided to hire. This is usually about a week later unless the company is backed up with paperwork and candidates to choose from. Use this time to ask if it would be okay for you to call him or her to get an update on the position. More often than not, the answer will be yes, so remember to contact the interviewer again at the appointed time. This will show him or her that you are still interested in the position.

Send a Thank You Note

Within 24 hours of your interview, sent the interviewer or employer a thank you note. This can be done by email or can be handwritten, and should be kept short. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you, remind them why you would be a good fit for the company, and tell them you are looking forward to hearing from them soon. Even if you do not get the job, writing a thank you note shows initiative and respect.

Check In

After the appointed waiting period, give the interviewer a call. Do not worry about whether this is annoying or an invasion of their personal time since you already asked if it would be okay for you to call. Ask the interviewer for an update of the position and ask if it has been filled yet. If they tell you it has, thank them for the opportunity to meet with you and ask if it would be alright for you to stay in touch. Even if you do not get the job, they still might be able to help you out in the future. If no one answers the first time you call, try again at a later date. You can also email the interviewer if you feel more comfortable doing so. Remember to keep the email short and to the point.

Network with the Interviewer

After checking in with the interviewer, ask him or her if it is okay for you to add them on a professional social network page like LinkedIn. Whether you get the job or not, networking with them is a good way to find other employers in the same industry. Because this is a social networking site for professionals, it is not an invasion of their personal life. You can also join a group page for the company to meet other job seekers or even employers. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there.

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