Why You Should Follow Up After an Interview
Following up can help you stand out to the crowd and can reinforce the fact that you're a strong candidate for the hiring manager. Not following up could even cost you the job. A CareerBuilder survey reported that 15% of hiring managers wouldn't hire someone who didn't send a note, and 32% would think less of them.
Interview Follow Up Tips
Take the time to follow up with everyone you met with (collecting business cards is a good way to get contact information) and review these tips on how to follow-up after an interview:
- Follow up after both in-person and phone interviews.
- Send a personal thank you email to everyone you met with.
- Email is the fastest way to say thank you.
- Send your email message as soon as possible after the interview.
- Consider sending a handwritten thank you note, as well. Keep a box of thank you note cards and a book of stamps handy.
- Send your note within 24 hours of the interview.
- Use this opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job and the company.
- Highlight your relevant skills.
- Mention anything you wished you had said, but didn't, during the interview.
- Keep your correspondence short.
- Proofread your email and notes before you send them.
- Review sample thank you notes if you're not sure what to write.