So, you’ve nailed the job interview? That’s great! Sending a follow-up email is now next on the agenda.
You’ve spent weeks prepping in advance for the interview and you may have even practised questions with your friends and family. When you finally went in for the interview, you crushed every single question they threw at you. So, by all accounts, it seems like everything went well! …Now what?
The following days after an interview can be the most worrying time for any job seeker, as you are constantly checking your phone & emails to see if you’ve received an update of any kind.
There is something you should be doing after the interview that may hugely increase your chances of landing that role; so, create that follow up email! But what should the email include? How long after the interview should you send it? and what do you do if you don’t hear anything back? Don’t worry! We’re here to help.
Sending a follow-up email is a critical step in securing a job role.
It doesn’t matter how good your interview was, you will STILL need to send a follow-up email for many different reasons.
- It leaves a good impression.
- The hiring manager will remember you.
- It shows that you have initiative.
- The company will then see that you’re genuinely interested.
- FINALLY; Interview follow-up emails work.
So, imagine you are in the process of hiring and you’re stuck between two potential candidates. Both are equally qualified for the role & interviewed well. But only one of them sent you a follow-up message thanking you for your time.
Who do you think you’d pick for the job? … Answer: The person who sent you that follow up email.
When drafting a follow-up email, make sure that its short and gets right to the point. As it shows that you're very keen and interested. After you have thanked them and asked them whether there is anything else you could do to help with the next potential steps. You must wait for their response.
You should wait approximately around a week before sending your next, and final response.
After waiting for a week the best thing to do at this point is to nudge them. If they’re interested, they’ll get back to you. If you still sadly don’t get a reply, its safe to assume that they’ve chosen someone else for the role.
If that is the case, DON’T beat yourself up about it. It happens to everyone!