Dos and don’ts of following up on job interviews

Dos and don’ts of following up on job interviews

It’s common knowledge that your ability to effectively follow up after a job interview can affect whether or not you land the role of your dreams. The act of making contact after an interview can show a potential employer that you’re prepared to take initiative and provide the chance to reemphasise your talents, attributes and skills. But forgetting your professionalism can threaten your shot at landing that job. Here are some dos and don’ts for an interview thank you email after your next interview.

Do… proofread your follow-up email

If it’s been 24 hours since your meeting with the recruiter or hiring manager, it makes good sense to follow up. A short email recapping your interest in the role and thanking the hiring manager for meeting with you can leave a good impression and set you apart from other candidates. However, it’s worth proofing the email and running it past a friend. Grammatical errors or confusing sentences can negatively impact your chance at succeeding.

Don’t… harass the hiring  manager

As tempting as it is to follow up with the hiring manager multiple times, searching for a job is a waiting game. Once you’ve sent an initial follow-up email, resist the urge to call and leave multiple voicemail messages.

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Do… make contact after a week

If you haven’t heard back from the recruiter within an allocated time frame, it’s appropriate to call and enquire about whether or not they’ve decided on the right candidate for the role. It’s also a good idea to contact your referees, highlight to them that a potential employer might be in touch and brief them on the position you’ve applied for so they’re prepared.

Don’t… add your prospective employer on social media

Although a great interview can jump-start rapport with a potential employer, it’s worth remembering that they’re not your friend. That’s why it’s wise to avoid adding them on Facebook, Twitter or other social platforms – particularly if their hiring decisions are still being made. On this note, it’s equally important to abstain from posting about your interview on your social channels, even if your comment is positive. Recruiters who could browse your platforms during the selection process might misinterpret your updates or view them as an inability to deal with confidential information.

Whether it’s proofing your emails or resisting the urge to leave voicemail messages, remember that the way in which you conduct yourself after a job interview can affect your likelihood of getting the job.

Which practices work best for you when following up?

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