I’m no Emily Post, but I am a stickler for thank you notes—the kind of mother who keeps a detailed list of who-gave-what at my kids’ birthday parties and then makes them write thank you cards within the week. I want my kids to learn the art of showing appreciation, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s a lifelong skill. Related: What To Say In A Thank You Card Besides ‘Thank You’ The same etiquette applies in your career. 'Thank yous' play a dual role of gratitude and strategy: You show your appreciation, and in return you further a relationship. In today’s connected economy, relationship building is paramount whether you are in the middle of a job search, or trying to advance your career. And people are more likely to help others who show an appreciation for their help. This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. No one is expecting a beautifully handwritten note on 100 pound paper. In today’s fast moving world where everything seems time sensitive, sending an email is not only more practical but also appreciated just the same. Here are five opportunities where you should be following up with a sincere thank you email:
Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they're applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application - they may even send the additional information requested - but many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. Related: How To Follow Up On Your Resume Why follow up? Here are five good reasons:
While the pressure of doing well at the job interview may now be over, there’s still work to be done. Following each job interview, always send a follow-up thank-you note. Not sending one can cost you, but at the same time, sending one that you don’t put much thought into can also cost you. Related: 3 Tips For Crafting A Thank You Follow-Up Letter While the follow-up thank-you note is not the defining factor to whether you will get the job, if written effectively, it does help maintain your standing as an impressive candidate for the job. There are plenty of tips on how to write a good thank-you follow-up note, here we’ll focus on signs to look out for that it is not ready to go and still needs some tweaking for perfection.
The job interview you’ve been preparing for is over and you can now relax – except now comes the hard part: waiting for feedback. Related: Should You Apply For A Job You're Not Fully Qualified For? One way to increase the odds of landing your dream job is to follow up in a professional manner. During and after the interview process, you want to come across as interested without appearing to be desperate or needy. I realize it could be frustrating to wait a couple of weeks if you’re actively interviewing, but the interview process could easily take a couple of months. The employer has to get through ALL the interviews and decide if they have enough good candidates to choose from. Even if they feel good about you, sometimes they might have to interview internal candidates who’ve applied at the last minute or another external candidate has applied and needs to be scheduled for an interview. I remember one situation where a job seeker had a good interview and we have given her a timeline of 7-10 days of waiting for feedback as she was the first out of six candidates to be interviewed. She was very keen on the job so every day she waited must have seemed like eternity. She’s decided to try to push for some feedback and emailed not just myself (twice!) but also the hiring manager. The hiring manager responded explaining that the decision wouldn’t be made for another 10 days, as previously discussed. Now, the candidate was worried that she’s ruined her chances of getting the job by appearing too eager, and not listening when being informed of the process. Not listening could be a turn off to a prospective employer. Is this what she’ll be like as an employee? If you’re the employer’s top choice, this probably won’t lose you the job but you might want to think a bit more carefully about the style and frequency of your post interview follow up. A great approach is to ask the interviewer about their timeline for making a decision before you leave the interview. This will help you to time your follow up attempts. A quick thank you email emphasizing your interest in the role is always a good touch. If the company hasn't given a timeline, it's best to wait at least a week before following up. Don’t annoy the recruiter or the hiring manager with constant calls or emails. If you’re following up multiple times after each interview, that’s likely not appreciated. However, if the company has given you a set time frame and exceeded it by longer than a week, a well-written follow up note is reasonable. This note should be concise and use the time frame provided as the reason for your follow up. You might want to say something along the lines of: "I know you mentioned you were hoping to make a final hiring decision by the end of April, and I wanted to follow up and see where you are in that process." In summary – do follow up to continue to show your enthusiasm for the position, but don’t make it seem as though you are desperate. In your thank you letter, do show appreciation for the employer's interest in you and do remind the employer about why you are the perfect person for the position. Finally, don't stop job hunting, even if you feel confident that you will get a job offer. Do continue to interview and attempt to find other opportunities until you get an offer. If you want to find out about what other mistakes candidates make that prevent them from getting hired and about how to sell yourself as the best candidate for the job, sign up for my free 5-day ‘You’re HIRED!’ video course. This post was originally published at an earlier date
Being a part of a technology-driven society that regularly encourages electronic communication, it makes sense a job seeker would feel justified in handling any part of a job application process in this manner. However, after a job interview, it’s important to note the rules change a little bit. So, what's the best way to follow up after an interview? RELATED: Need some interview advice? Watch these tutorials!