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The Importance Of Following Up After An Interview

The interview process is long. You are undoubtedly tired. But, there is still one more crucial item on your to-do list...

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Though the interview process is long and you are undoubtedly tired, there is still one more crucial item on your to-do list: follow-up after an interview.

It’s important that you properly follow-up and thank your interviewers for a few reasons:

  • It promotes your candidacy and enthusiasm for the position.
  • It demonstrates your professionalism.
  • It demonstrates and gauges your interest in the job.
  • It helps interviewers remember you.
  • It provides the opportunity for you to ask more questions.

How?

While a handwritten note is a nice touch, it is not always realistic. Therefore, I recommend personalized emails. These emails should be sent to each one of your interviewers, individually, and should be personalized for each person to the best of your ability.

Here are some key recommendations on how to draft your thank you email(s):

  • Express gratitude.
  • Reiterate your interest in the position.
  • Personalize it.
  • Keep it short and sweet.
  • Ask any follow-up questions.

You can see some great email templates here to help get you started. Do not copy these word for word, as they are just meant to serve as extra inspiration.

Keep in mind, all of your follow-up emails should be sent out within 24 hours of your interview.

Even if your interview was only 15 minutes long, always express gratitude and send a thank you email. Take time to personalize each one and send it out within 24 hours. Good luck getting that job!

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You interviewed, now what?

You rocked your interview, awesome! Now it’s time to seal the deal.

Just because the interview itself is over doesn’t mean you’re totally out of the woods. Following up and expressing gratitude to your interviewers is more important than you might think, and not doing so can actually cost you the job. Let’s get started.

Common courtesy is expected

Though it might seem old fashioned, following up after an interview is a common courtesy that many employers take seriously. As exhausting as the job hunt can be for you, the people doing the hiring have been working hard as well. They have spent hours sifting through applications, completing matrixes, and preparing questions to ask you. After taking time out of their day to talk to you, properly thanking them is simply the right thing to do.

Why follow-up?

Even if you decided you don’t want the job or if it wasn’t the best interview in the world, always, always, always, express gratitude and send a thank you email or note after an interview. Your interviewers’ time is valuable, and regardless of how long the interview lasted, you should still thank them.

It’s important that you properly follow-up and thank your interviewers for a few reasons:

  • Promotes your candidacy: Following-up further proves to the interviewers that you are passionate about the position and excited about the idea of joining their team.
  • Demonstrates your professionalism: After investing their valuable time talking to you, it is considered unprofessional if you do not thank your interviewers by following-up.
  • Expresses your interest in the job: Following up can make or break your candidacy! Here’s a scenario: If two candidates are neck and neck after an interview and only one makes an effort to send a thank you email, who would you hire?
  • Helps interviewers remember you: The hiring committee is likely interviewing multiple candidates so sending a personalized follow-up provides an opportunity to stand out in a positive way.
  • Provides the opportunity for you to ask more questions: If there wasn’t enough time for you to ask as many questions as you wanted or if you thought of more as soon as you hung up the call/got in your car, here is an excellent opportunity to ask more questions about the position or company.

You should follow-up within 24 hours of your interview. This is the most appropriate timeframe as the interview is still recent and fresh in both yours and the interviewers’ minds.

How to follow-up

While a handwritten note is a nice touch, it is not always realistic. Therefore, I recommend personalized emails. These emails should be sent to each one of your interviewers, individually, and should be personalized for each person to the best of your ability.

Here are some key recommendations on how to draft your thank you email(s):

  • Express gratitude: There are likely lots of other people who applied for the same position you did, but didn’t get offered an interview. Be sure to thank your interviewers for having you, and for their time.
  • Reiterate your interest in the position: Restate why you are qualified and why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Personalize it: As tempting as it might be to send something generic to everyone, take some time to personalize every follow-up email for each person who interviewed you. You can do this by referencing a standout conversation you shared or a mutual interest, for example.
  • Keep it short and sweet: Your follow-up shouldn’t be longer than three brief paragraphs or you will run the risk of it not being read.
  • Ask any follow-up questions: If there was a question you didn’t have a chance to ask or didn’t think of until later, go ahead and include it in your follow-up email.
  • Proofread before sending: Make sure you don’t have any spelling or grammatical errors by proofreading multiple times.

You can see some great email templates here to help get you started. Do not copy these word for word, as they are just meant to serve as extra inspiration.

To sum it all up…

Always express gratitude and send a thank you email after an interview. Take time to personalize each one and send it out within 24 hours. Good luck getting that job!

Actionable Steps


1

Send within 24 hours

Express gratitude by following up with every person who interviewed you within 24 hours.

2

Make it personal

Personalize each email and reiterate your interest in the position.

3

Keep it short

Keep it brief, ask any follow-up questions you might have, and proofread before you send it.

About the Author


Dr. Alyssa Harmon-Salter

Dr. Alyssa Harmon-Salter

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Alyssa is a Doctor of Education, receiving her degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. For the last 7 years, she has mentored hundreds of college students on how to be successful academically and in prepping for a job.
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