Advice for following up after an Interview – it’s the wait that get us!
Here’s how to successfully fill the gap in between each recruitment step.
Once You’ve Applied
You found an incredible job, spent hours on a dynamic cover letter, submitted it along with your updated CV and….. nothing?! The waiting is starting to drive you mad but it’s only been a week, so here’s what you need to remember: one position can get many applications which all need reviewing and sometimes by more than one person. The recruiters may also be waiting for all the applications to come in before going through them. Always check the application closing date and wait until at least two weeks after that before getting yourself stressed out. You can then proceed with caution (double check the method of communication requested and do not use any other method) You can pop them an e-mail along these lines:
I did recently apply for the IT Manager position at Tech Solutions on the 2nd of May, and this is just a follow up with regards to my application. I am eager at the prospect of working for Tech Solutions and so I thought it only fit that I should introduce myself, whilst also checking on the status of my application.
I would be very interested in learning more about the role if it is still open. I have been managing the IT Department and I&J Tech Lab for the last 6 years and before that I was IT Manager of Sherlock Laboratories. I have gained much experience from these two companies and have successfully managed a multitude of different projects. I will gladly chat more should my experience and skills be of use to your company. Please see my portfolio of work (resume, cover letter, and samples) is attached.
Thank you and sincerely yours
The golden rule is to not pester recruiters! If they want you they will be in touch. If after this you don’t hear from anyone, then let it go. Maybe they will come back to you in the future ;)
After you’ve had your first interview or phone screening call
Generally these interviews are on the phone and are a short and sweet way for an interviewer to get a grasp of you and if you are right for the business. Once you’ve chatted about the important bits, make sure you ask what the next steps will be in the interview process, that way you will know where you stand going forward. If they have not got back to you in the discussed time period then it’s worth a shot sending a follow up e-mail to your interviewer.
Dear Mrs Webstock,
I would like to say thank you again for arranging the interview for the IT Manager position. When last we spoke, it was mentioned that I would be notified about the second stage of the interview process by May 30th. I thought I would just check in if there were perhaps any updates? I will gladly offer any additional information that may help this process along.
Thank you for your assistance.
Be short and sweet. Concise and non annoying!
Right, so you aced the interview and now you wait….
The in person interview went fantastically, you laughed and joked and felt right at home and yet the phone and your e-mail remains silent. Don’t be too impatient, this last step is the most serious one and where the hiring manager is weighing up each candidate, sometimes there is a lot to take into account and a decision may not be reached immediately. Hang on for a few days and then send a polite follow up:
Dear Mr Grant,
I hope you are well. It was a real pleasure meeting with you last week with regards to the IT Manager position. I am enthusiastic about the possibility of joining Tech Solutions and creating a new frame network system for your business, I already have some great ideas that will help with the project.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance or if I can provide any additional information to help make your hiring decision easier.
I look forward to hearing from you, thank you
Hopefully your gentle perseverance will be in your favour!