Whether by email or phone, or even good old-fashioned snail mail, it’s crucial that you follow up at every stage of the job hunt if you want to impress hiring managers. Keep reading to learn about how to effectively follow up on your job search.
Interview Follow Up Email Example
These days, most job correspondence is done via email. Here’s an example of a basic follow-up email to send a day or two after your job interview:
Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to speak with me about the Marketing Coordinator role. It was great to meet with you and learn more about the position and the work being done at Bert Manufacturing.
I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to expand my knowledge of SEO copywriting and take on some of the branding projects you mentioned during the interview.
After our conversation, I’m confident that my background in marketing will give me the tools needed to become an immediate contributor to the team at Bert. I’d be happy to answer any further questions you have about my qualifications or background, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
2. What Is a Follow-Up Email or Letter?
A good follow up combines a reminder, a thank you, and a summary of why you’re the right fit for the position.
Think of it like this: a hiring manager must sift through hundreds of applicants, all of whom are trying to “stand out.”
Even if you’ve followed our how to write a resume guide, you might be competing with someone else who has as well.
So, how do you get a potential employer to look at your application? Keep in touch.
“OK,” you say, “they looked and now they called me in for an interview. It went well.” And that’s great, but you aren’t done yet.
Again, even if you gave a great interview, maybe it wasn’t perfect. Maybe you gave too short an answer during the interview, and afterward, realize you could have said more.
More importantly, remember that a hiring manager conducts at least a handful of interviews for any given position, and other applicants might have also interviewed well. Your follow-up email or letter is the final chance you have to differentiate yourself from the crowd.
3. Why Is It Important to Follow Up?
So, why should you stay in touch with a hiring manager?
75% of hiring managers genuinely appreciate receiving some form of thanks from a candidate following an interview. It shows you respect their time and energy.
Following up also shows dedication to the position. Reaching out reveals a little extra bit of effort on your part, and makes the hiring manager more likely to remember you positively.
4. How to Write a Follow Up Letter
Finally, follow these tips to make your final pitch a quality one.
Stand Out (But Don’t Be Desperate)
The goal is to stand out, but for the right reasons. You certainly do not want to appear desperate – hoping a hiring manager takes mercy on you (remember, they owe you nothing). Be grateful and express interest again in the position, but avoid coming across as a brown noser.
Reiterating your gratitude for their time is crucial, but you can also use your follow-up as an opportunity to remind the hiring manager how great a fit you’d be for the job.
Furthermore, if you need to expand on something, add information, or correct something you said, now is the time to do so. Address those parts of the interview where you feel you could have responded more competently.
Remember, specificity is important—don’t just say “hi”; tell them why you’re getting in touch. Be confident. “Just checking in” sounds like you’re waffling, and it’s cliched corporate-speak. You aren’t “just checking in,” you’re reminding them why they need you.
Be sure to thank everyone who interviewed you, not just the hiring manager.
Also, make sure you tailor your message to the interviewer. Using a template is fine, but you need to personalize the message and make it relevant to the specific hiring managers you’ve spoken to.
Follow Up Aggressively
Be aggressive. Don’t wait 3 months if you get no response. Don’t act like you’re bothering them. Pestering a potential interviewer isn’t a good idea, but calling or sending an email a week or a few days after you sent an application isn’t pestering, it’s being professionally assertive.
Furthermore, being timely is critical. If you thank an interviewer several days after the interview, it’s too late. Send your email or note fast.
Add Value to Your Response
Add value to the response as well. Did you discuss industry information? Send an article link.
Do you have some advice about something? Include it in your follow-up email or letter (be careful not to overstep your bounds or sound self-aggrandizing, however).
Did you discuss industry information? Send an article link.
By making your follow up more than just a “thank you,” you’re showing that you’re not just nice – you’re useful, too.
Don’t Be Careless
Finally, don’t write a follow-up email on your smartphone. You’re more prone to make and miss mistakes, so sit down at a computer and give it your full attention.
Additionally, keep your email or letter’s tone professional, even if you’re trying to be personable. Don’t include emojis, inappropriate jokes, or other similar things. Even if it’s cleverly done or humorous, it looks tacky.
Finally, and this should be obvious, pay attention to word choice. Avoid canned and cliche phrases or patronizing insider lingo.
Don’t Put It Off! Now’s The Time to Follow Up
Now you’ve read through our tips and know how to follow up, it’s time to prove to hiring managers that you can go the distance.
Just returned from a job interview? Check out our collection of after interview thank-you letters. Be sure to send yours out within 24 hours!
If you haven’t heard back from a job application, we have a guide on how to follow up after a job application.
And if you’re in the enviable position of being able to decline one job offer for another, read our guide on how to decline a job offer.