07 Jun Best Time to Follow Up After First Job Interview
I get asked all the time…
How should I follow up after an interview?
Following up after an interview is a great habit to get into. It shows the employer you’re actively interested in the role. And by following up you can get great feedback on how you performed in the interview, how you’re positioned for being offered the job and when the company is likely to make a decision as to who they hire.
Most people aren’t sure about the best way to follow up, or when to do it.
So today I’m going to cover the best follow up strategy I’ve ever found.
I’ll cover what you should do, what you should say, and when you should do it.
And importantly, I’ll also cover when you should abandon your follow up because there’s no point in flogging a dead horse. There are times when you need to move on.
So if you’ve ever struggled with how best to follow up after an interview, then you’re in the right place.
Let’s say you’ve had an interview and you’re now
waiting to hear from the employer.
There are 2 things you want to know after the interview.
They are, WHEN is the employer planning to make a decision on who they hire for the job, and are YOU being considered for the role?
The job you’ve interviewed for will be offered to someone obviously, which means the employer will be making a decision at some point so at the end of the interview it’s a good idea to ask when they’re likely to make a decision.
This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in the interview. In fact, by asking it you’re showing the interviewer that you’re enthusiastic about the role.
If you walk out of the interview and realize you’ve forgotten to ask them when they’re likely to make a decision then don’t worry, you can ask when you follow up.
The best time to follow up is just before the employer is about to make their decision on who they hire.
So if the employer told you in the interview that they plan to make a decision within the next week, the time to follow up is after 4 or 5 days.
The best follow up method is to call them. You want to find out if they’re still on track to make their decision shortly and if you’re being considered. So a phone call is the best things here.
An email may not give you the feedback you’re looking for if the person who receives your email doesn’t respond, or doesn’t get your email in the first place.
Your call should be a simple conversation where you want to find out when they’re likely to make their decision and if you are being considered.
Based on the feedback you receive, you’ll know whether to pursue the job or not.
If you don’t get the through to the hiring manager when you call, then leave a message asking them to call you back. You don’t need to elaborate in your message. Just leave a message with your name and contact number asking them to call you.
If you haven’t received a call within a few days then call again.
If you still haven’t heard anything, then send an email and abandon your follow up.
If they reply to your email then great, but at this stage it’s probably likely you won’t be offered the job so it’s time to move on.
Using this strategy of calling twice then sending an email is enough follow up that your messages should get through to the hiring manager.
And it’s also enough for you to realize that if you haven’t heard anything back, then you’ve been overlooked for the job and it’s time to keep looking elsewhere.
The easiest way to breeze through an interview is when the employer WANTS YOU.
If an employer can see you’re a good candidate for the role then when they interview you it’s an easy conversation.
The way to be in that position is to use Connectzapp when you’re job hunting.
You can get it on the App Store or Google Play or go to Connectzapp.com
So give it a try.
Good luck with your job hunting!