Do You Need To Follow Up After a Job Interview?

Martin Yate CPC
NY Times Best Seller
35 Years in

Career Management
A Knock em Dead follower writes, “I went to an interview yesterday and I thought it went really well. Do I need to follow up or is that over-kill?

How important is follow-up??

A follow-up letter or email demonstrates your interest in the job, andyour professionalism by taking the time and effort to follow through on your meetings properly. Quite simply, hiring managers expect it and not to do so, hands the advantage to a candidate who does.

Your follow-up letter also acts as a device to keep your candidacy forefront in the interviewer’s mind. So knowing where you are in the selection cycle and when the hiring decision will be made, are both evaluations that play into how quickly you want that follow-up letter to arrive.
When there are more interviews in the selection cycle
If you have had an interview and want a follow-up letter to help you make the cut for to the next or final round of interviews, timing is all-important.
For example if the decision is being made in 48 hours send an email last thing tonight or before work hours in the morning (it says you aren’t a clock watcher) and then follow up with a phone call first thing the next morning.
If there is no urgency, for example, “ we’ll be scheduling another round of interviews in a week or so” your approach will be different: maybe an email tomorrow and a letter through traditional mail (with a little more detail) at the same time, which will arrive two or three days later.
This will demonstrate manners, professionalism and help to keep you in mind while others are being interviewed, because it is timed to arrive when memory of your candidacy is beginning to dim in the interviewer’s mind.
When a hiring decision is being made
Timing is everything in deciding when to send the email or letter. If you interviewed today and the hiring decision is imminent, then yes, an overnight delivery makes sense.  When there is more time, say ten days until the hiring decision is made, you might send an email now, a letter (with different content) to arrive two or three days from now and perhaps even an overnight letter to arrive on the Monday or Tuesday of the decision making week; each communication containing some new information.
As hiring decisions require an approval process that takes at least two days in most companies, your final follow-up might be a telephone call two, three or four days before the official decision is announced, timed to come when the real decision is being made.
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