(Closed) How do you follow up after an interview?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: How do you follow up after you go on an interview?
    Send an email to the interviewer : (31 votes)
    55 %
    Mail a thank you to the interviewer : (18 votes)
    32 %
    Call the Interviewer : (3 votes)
    5 %
    I don't usually follow up, I wait until they contact me : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Other (explain) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Ms. Blue:  When I was interviewing in the US, I’d always get the interviewer’s card and mail them a quick “thank you for your time” e-mail. I’d make sure to reiterate my interest in the role and maybe mention something briefly we talked about in the interview.

    Now that all my roles are coming to me through recruitment agencies, I usually follow up with a call to the recruiter (since no one gives out business cards) or the recruiter calls me before I have a chance to get to them.

    Post # 4
    Member
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I follow-up with an email the same day. I thank them for taking the time to meet with me, mention something discussed in the intever pertaining the job so they know I’m really interested and that I was paying attention.  Close telling them I look forward to the next step in the interview process or look forward to hearing from them.

    Keep it short and simple.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    16194 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I would follow up by email and then also write a snail mail thank-you card. Email has immediacy on its side, but a mailed note is an extra special touch and can make you stand out.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It depends. If I know it’s going to be awhile until they make their decision, I mail them. If I know they are making a quick turn around or I am the last they interview, I email. I never give them a phone call.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    Definitely mail a thank you… just like @katnyc2011 said, reiterate your interest and include personal touches like what you talked about so that it doesn’t sound like you just sent off a form letter.  Afterwards, if you haven’t heard back i would say call, maybe two weeks later (I’m fuzzy on appropriate timeline for calling).  Good luck!!

    Post # 9
    Member
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Ms. Blue:  Yeah, it’s crazy out there. A mailed thank you is a nice touch, but with how fast a lot of these positions come up and are filled, they may have already made a decision by the time your “snail mail” note gets there.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1642 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m a graphic designer, so I design my own thank you cards to mail. Besides just being good interview etiquette, it has the added bonus of them getting a little piece of my work in their hands again.

    (I literally just did this yesterday, so it’s funny that this topic came up!) 

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    16194 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @KatNYC2011:  I usually have mine in the mail the day of the interview, so that helps with the timing issue a bit, I think.

    Post # 12
    Member
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Email is the best. Hand written cards are really nice too, but if the decision is going to be made that week then I would stick with email.

    Post # 13
    Member
    13251 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I always email my thank you notes now.  The hiring turn-around can be so quick sometimes that they get your thank you after a decision has been made!  (I used to work for a hiring manager, and he made a decision as soon as he was done intervieiwng, so if you were the last interview, you’d be out of luck with your thank you!)

    Post # 14
    Member
    331 posts
    Helper bee

    @Gemstone:  This is what I do. I send an e-mail either later that day/early in the morning (depending upon time of interview) and put a small “thank you” note in the mail the next day.

    Post # 15
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    540 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’d say do a same-day follow-up at the very least.

    For some added “umph,” hand write the letter.  After interviewing for my current job, I delivered hand-written thank you letters for each of my interviewers to the employer’s receptionist.  I had my interview late in the day, so I delivered the letters early the next morning.  I actually think that sealed the deal.

    Post # 16
    Member
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I send a thank you email that evening with some personal touches to the interview itself (to ensure it doesn’t sound like a form email).

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