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Know How to Follow Up on a Job Interview

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Follow Up on a Job Interview Though it is tiring to look for a job, waiting for companies to call can be the worst part. However, this situation can’t be helped, especially if there many candidates for the job you’re applying for. You can’t afford to lose your temper and ask them impolitely if you got the position or not. Keep in mind that hiring managers are extremely busy and can’t always get back to you in a short time frame.

Asking for a timeline during the job interview makes it easier for you to follow up and ask them tactfully. You can send them an email saying something like this:

“Hi Bob, based on our last conversation, you mentioned you were hoping to move forward on the managerial position by the end of the week. I was just wondering what your timeline looks like in the days to come. I’m still very much interested in the position.”

Don’t panic if you didn’t ask for a timeline during an interview. There’s still a polite way you can ask them for any updates. Here’s an example:

“Good morning, sir. I wanted to touch base with you about the managerial position. Is it possible to know what your timeline looks like moving forward in terms of the hiring process? I am still very much interested in the role.”

Both examples written above don’t sound uncivil at all. When following up on a job interview, it is important to remember not to ask the hiring managers to tell you their decision. They have the right to keep you waiting, so don’t try to push them. Instead, you can ask for their timeline so you can get an inkling of whether they’re still considering you for the position.

Additionally, here are some bonus tips for writing a follow-up note:

Keep it short and simple. There’s no need to send a few paragraphs when you can get straight to the point with a few sentences. Don’t forget to be professional but also direct and concise. Recruiters tend to prefer shorter emails over long ones.

Be conversational. Always be sincere when writing your follow-up letter. It’s important not to sound too stiff since you want the hiring manager to picture what it will be like to work with you. Still, always know the boundaries and be tactful.

Don’t be demanding. If the timeline that was given to you has passed, don’t get upset. Since you’re the one who needs something from them, you don’t have the privilege of asking for their decision immediately. Hiring managers may get a poor impression of you and reject you quickly if you let your impatience show.

To sum it all up, dealing with hiring managers can be quite tricky. However, if you have the basic know-how, writing a follow-up letter shouldn’t be too difficult. So, give all these ideas a try and hope for the best when following up after an interview.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.