Following up after an interview

Arran Williams, October 9, 2017

So you've been for your interview, you did your best and now you're waiting for the result. Nothing left now but to sit and wait, right? Wrong.

Interviewing for a job is all about standing out from the pack and making a good impression. While a good deal of that will take place in the interview itself, both of these goals can be continued and enhanced afterwards.

Follow our simple tips for interview follow-up to make sure you come across as polite, engaged and memorable.

1. Ask what happens next.

Employers are notorious for popping that awkward little question at the end of the interview: do you have any questions for us? It's important to make sure you have some, if only to look like you're interested in the place you hope to work. But why not make one of those questions about next steps?

Once you know when you're likely to hear back, you can plan your follow-up with a decent idea of the process. After all, you don't want to be sending in enquiries about whether you've been hired if a date is already public.

2. Send a thank-you note.

As with most acts of courtesy, sending a thank-you costs nothing and helps make a great impression. Everyone enjoys being thanked, plus your prospective employers will see that you're keen and committed to getting the role.

On a more basic level, receiving a note of thanks will also help you stick in their mind - a crucial advantage over rival candidates who didn't bother.
You can also use this message to add anything important you forgot to mention, or to clarify anything you felt was unclear.


3. Keep it short and sweet

You don't want to sound like your bombarding them with additional information, nor do you want to sound like you're begging. Make sure you have what you want to say clear in your head, and put it across in a way that's clear and concise.

Also, make sure you sound like you're thoughtfully providing something the interviewers might find useful, rather than being pushy. They'll feel better about being helped than being nagged!

4. Build the relationship

Unless the interview went dreadfully and you spent all of it in sullen silence, you will have made some form of a connection with your interviewers. Perhaps some issue in your industry came up, or perhaps you referenced a study or article about your line of work.

There's no harm in sending a message with a link to some additional information about something that piqued your interviewer's interest. Again, the key thing is this: your message is providing something for them, rather than demanding something from them. You're also building the idea that you're more than just another interview candidate - you're also someone they're thinking of as a collaborator and a partner.

5. Check for mistakes before you send!

It would be tragic if you had a great interview only to take the edge off with a poorly spelt follow-up email. Re-read what you've written carefully before you send it off - get someone else to double check for you as well to be on the safe side!

Follow these tips and you'll be well-prepared for a follow-up that emphasises your strengths from the interview and lessens your weaknesses!