How should a candidate follow up after an interview?
How should a candidate follow up after an interview?

Should you call or email after being interviewed to check the status of your interview? How long should you wait before you make contact or do you sit it out and wait for the employer to get in touch with you? The interviewer might have ended it with “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”.

Well, as a recruitment expert, I am sharing my thoughts on what should be done.

This is the place where old school meets modern-day practices work for me. Follow up after the interview, send an email expressing your gratitude to the interviewer for his or her time and highlight your interest in the position. Try not be hesitant to say it out loud for all to hear – I am interested in this opportunity!

Send a customized follow-up email to every interviewer within 24 hours of your interview. This follow-up message might be a great opportunity to express your gratitude, emphasize your interest in the role, and remind the interviewer of your qualifications, expertise and skill-sets. Importantly, discuss the salient points on your interview and conclude on how you intend to contribute to the Company in case you were provided with an opportunity! End your email with a thank you.

In case you don’t have the interviewer’s email addresses, request the business card of every individual you spoke with during the interview towards the end of the interview.

Try not to get pushy in your follow-up after the interview. Most of the Organizations do not entertain calls or repeated reminder mails.

In our research, we discovered that a candidates’ thank-you note (or lack thereof) can affect their odds of landing the job. Nearly one out of five interviewers have totally dismissed a candidate for not following up after the interview.

If your interview happened earlier in the day, send your follow-up emails that very day. If you were interviewed in the afternoon, the next morning is fine.

Therefore, the best way is to simply mail a short, concise and professional email to the interviewer/s within 24 hours of the interview taking place. Express your gratitude for the interviewer’s time, specify an appreciation of all the information the interviewer shared and build up their zeal for the role.

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