There is a lot of waiting involved in the job search process. You apply for the job, wait for an interview date, and then wait for news about whether you got the job or not. This can be very anxiety-inducing. Therefore, here are some tips on how to effectively follow up after an interview.
When to Send the 1st Follow-Up Email?
Choosing the perfect time to follow up after an interview is crucial. You do not want to come off as pushy or annoying, but you still want to show your interest in the job. Ideally, it would be best if you waited 1-2 business days after the date they said they would get back to you. If they did not provide a specific date, sending the follow-up after one week from your interview would be appropriate. Keep in mind that they might still be in the process of making their decision or waiting for things to be finalized.
What to Write in the Follow-Up Email:
- Start by addressing the recipient by their first name.
- In your follow-up email, mention that you are following up on the job you interviewed for.
- Be specific when stating the job title and the date of your interview.
- Express your genuine interest in the position.
- Politely inquire about the next steps in the hiring process.
- Conclude the email with a thank-you note and include your first and last name.
- Keep your message concise and to the point.
- Before sending your follow-up email, remember to spell-check and proofread everything.
- Maintain a positive and professional tone throughout the email.
Here is an example of a follow-up email:
Subject: Follow-Up on <JOB TITLE> Interview - <DATE>
I hope this email finds you well.
I am writing to follow up on the <JOB TITLE> position I interviewed for on <DATE>. The opportunity to discuss the role further reinforced my belief that it aligns perfectly with my experience and career aspirations. I am genuinely excited about the possibility of joining your team.
If there are any updates or additional information you need from me, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am looking forward to hearing about the next steps in the hiring process.
Thank you once again for considering my application.
When to Send a Thank-You Email:
If you choose to send a thank-you email, do so one day after your interview. Express your gratitude for their time and mention something specific you enjoyed during the interview, such as learning about the school district or meeting the staff. Use this opportunity to include any points you might have forgotten to mention during the interview and reaffirm your enthusiasm for the position.
If you decide not to send a separate thank-you email, you can include a brief thank-you sentence at the beginning of your follow-up email.
Remember, following up after an interview is an essential part of the job application process and can help demonstrate your interest and professionalism to potential employers.
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