Interview Follow Up

By this point, you have already sweated through the grueling process of finding a job and securing an interview. Weeks of preparation have finally paid off, and now you are left wondering, 'Did I get it?'

This article is meant to help those of you who are unfamiliar with the interview process and who would like to learn the art of following up after a job interview. After your interview is over, make sure to leave the building with the same confidence that you entered with. Be enthusiastic, but never lose your sense of professionalism.

One of the key points in following up after a job interview is to leave the company with a positive view. Even if you think you failed miserably and have no chance, keep smiling and thank your interviewer.

If you didn't already know this, store this into your memory for the next interview you go to: Ask your potential employer when you should expect to hear from him/her. Now, you do not want to come out and ask that point blank. You should try to disguise this question so you don't seem too cocky.

Try a phrase like, 'Would it be okay if I called later in the week to find out the decision, or is there a time when you will inform me?' Note that most employers will not volunteer this information without being asked directly. If your employer tells you that you will be informed of their decision on Friday, I would suggest waiting until Friday to call them. After Friday, call every couple of days until you get your answer.

If you don't have time for phone calls, you might want to send e-mails instead. The company may very well be testing you to see if you really want the job. It is important to note that the job that you are applying for will affect the way you will want to follow up after the interview. For example, if you are looking for an aggressive position, such as sales, your employer may be looking for that extra effort on your part. You must take into consideration the position you are applying for, and gauge your aggressiveness based on that.

Another important step in following up after a job interview is writing Thank You notes to all of the employers that interviewed you, including the receptionists, or anyone who was particularly helpful. These notes can be handled in several ways: Hand-written notes that are mailed to the company. E-mail notes. Faxed notes. I would suggest a hand-written note, as it feels more personal and meaningful.

However, if you are not confident in your handwriting, an e-mail note may be the way to go for you. Also, handwritten notes should be written on good quality paper, not just scrap paper or the paper from your printer. Go out and spend a couple dollars on a nice set of stationary paper, avoiding flowery, non-business like templates.

Following up after a job interview may seem like you are 'bugging' the company, but you are not. Once you finally get your response, be sure to reply no matter what the outcome may be.

If you succeeded and secure the job, this is a no-brainer. A short letter of thanks would be fine. Make sure to express your gratitude and excitement for starting your new job.

If you didn' t get the job, you should still send an e-mail to the employer. Let them know that you appreciate their consideration and that you hope they will consider you for future job openings. If you can, try to find out why they did not select you; this will help you become a better applicant. Leaving things on good terms might also mean a foot in the door for another position later on in your career.

Again, these tips will help you in following up after a job interview:

Ask your potential employer when you should expect a decision. If they give you a date, wait until then to call and ask about your status. Write a thank you note to anyone that interviewed you. This can go a long way in proving your character and determination.

After getting your response, send a reply, even if you didn' t get the job. Now that you know the secrets of following up after a job interview, your chances of securing that job are better. You should know that interviewing is a learnable skill, so if you fail, do not give up. Keep trying. The more you interview, the better you will be. Good luck!