If you've ever been in the job market, you've probably been through the motions of waiting. Waiting to find the perfect position to apply to, interview for, and then waiting some more to hear back. But what do you do if you know you aced that interview? Should you reach out or give it some time? How do you remind the recruiter you're excited without looking desperate?
Don't worry. At some point, we've all been there. Finding the balance between excitement and professionalism is easy when you know what to do. Here are some tips on how to follow up after an interview:
1. Should you follow up?
One of the most daunting parts of waiting to hear back is wondering what else you could have done after the interview is over. Should you send a follow-up email or wait for the interviewer to reach out? Whether it matters or not (spoiler, it does), candidates that take the time to follow up after an interview showcase interest and initiative. Companies want to hire someone in it for the long haul, so make sure you send over an email or a message after the interview. This is especially important because you're giving the organization a glimpse into the initiative and follow-up you'll have when you eventually work for them.
2. Sending the follow-up email
After you crush your interview, take the time to sit down and write a thank-you follow-up email. Getting a leg up against your competition can help make the hiring manager's decision easier. Make sure to mention key points or challenges discussed during the interview. This will affirm to the hiring manager that you will be a great fit who can bring value to the organization. Tie the email together with a "Thank you so much for your time." to add a finishing touch and demonstrate your professionalism.
3. Are you still waiting? It's okay to check-in.
If you know you aced the interview and sent the thank you follow-up email but still haven't received a response, don't panic. Some managers/recruiters can be swamped with work and finding the time to reach back out may be difficult. Periodically checking in with them by sending a quick message about the position or an article related to the position can be a refreshing reminder to the hiring manager.
Connect with the interviewer on LinkedIn if you haven’t already. Even if you’re not selected for this position, if you’re easy to find on LinkedIn, you could be considered in the future.
Finally, remind yourself that this is all a part of the process. Job hunting is a job, and it takes a lot of time and energy. Once you've sent your follow-up email and your check-in, you might be tempted to send another. Consider other ways to enrich your job search. Build your LinkedIn connections, sign up for networking events, attend an excellent webinar, or learn about getting a certification that can lead you to more significant opportunities in the future.