July 10, 2014
By: Allison Evans @Allison__Evans
No matter how smoothly an interview goes, it helps your cause to follow-up with your potential employer. It shows that you are determined, thoughtful, professional and interested. However, at what point does following up become annoying or a burden to employers? Here are tips for polite follow-ups:
DON’T call them. Email! Interviewers are on the phone much of their day with clients and other team members, and getting bogged down with calls is not what they like. Email is a medium that is checked frequently, but doesn’t necessarily require an immediate response. This also allows you to completely control what you’d like to tell them, where phone conversations are a two-way communication.
DO thank interviewers for their time. It is important to realize these meetings don’t occur daily, and they had to set aside an hour to talk to you. This will help show your appreciation for their time and your polite nature.
DON’T email them 15 minutes afterward. It is polite to wait until the next business day, or, if you had an interview in the morning, at the conclusion of their day. Interviewers will move on from your meeting to working, and such an abrupt follow-up is not advised.
DO cite an instance from your interview. This will refresh their memory on what was talked about, and it shows that you were listening. Continuing the conversation is the goal, and what better way than to pick up where you left off.
DON’T keep emailing if they don’t respond. Chances are, they are busy with a work situation. Blowing up their inbox isn’t the best way to show you will be an asset to their team, but someone who needs their attention. They will read it eventually and decide how to respond on their own time.
DO keep it short and sweet. A paragraph is all that is required! Having more than a few sentences will not allow interviewers to read it quickly, causing them to move on to the next thing and not get back to your email for awhile.
DO celebrate, because you landed and conquered the interview, and followed-up with ease. Excellent work, you awesome rising-pro, you :)