Follow Up Email After Interview
Just because you feel that you sealed the deal in the job interview doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about sending a follow up email after the interview. Typically, a follow up shows that you are persistent and you care about the position. It helps show the employer that you don’t think “the ball is just in their court now.” It shows professionalism as well as respect. It even helps you stand out from the crowd in some cases! If you’re ready to learn how to write that follow up email, check this guide out.
To write a follow up email, you will need:
- A device to write the email on (preferable a computer)
- The correct email address of the intended recipient
- Check the date. One of the first things to do before sending a follow up is to make sure that you’ve given the employer ample time to react after the interview. It’s not a good idea to follow up the day after the interview, so be sure that you give it at least a week. If you haven’t heard anything in several days, it would be a good time to send that email.'
- Begin writing the letter. You will want this letter addressed professionally (similar to your cover letter). In this letter, however, you do not want to go on and on about the interview. This should be a brief letter that can be read easily and quickly. Mention that you feel the interview went well, and avoid asking questions. This is simply supposed to be a subtle “reminder.” Just remember to conclude in the email that you’re patiently waiting for a decision.
- Be sure you’re writing to the correct person. It would be wise to address the person that actually interviewed you, so try to do this, if at all possible. Additionally, if he/she possesses a special title, use it. This will impress the interviewer that you remembered it, and could help you stand out.
- Attach your resume again. When you’re finished writing the email, attach your resume to the email to help better refresh the interviewer’s mind. It’s not likely that he/she will remember you out of several interviewees, so you want to try to refresh his/her mind as much as possible.
- Create a simple subject. It may seem silly, but many people find themselves stressing over what kind of subject to use for a follow up. Typically, your full name and the position you applied for is sufficient.
- Read the letter over. You will want to verify that there are no grammatical mistakes or typos so that your letter can look as professional as possible. Don’t neglect to let someone else look it over. This email is going to reflect you, so it’s worth it. Once you’ve double-checked and triple-checked, send the email.
- Do not send any more emails. After the follow up has been sent for several days, do not try to contact the company anymore. Simply wait for a response. If none is given, then they are not interested in hiring at this moment. Of course, that is not a guarantee, but it would be highly likely in this case.