Job Interviews: Interview Follow Up Dos and Don’ts
So your job interview is over. You did your best. Now the waiting game begins, with time passing much more slooowly than it ever has before. And you're simply not sure what you should and shouldn't do.
On one hand, you want to help your chances. But you DON'T want to cross any lines that might lose you the job. So here are some articles to give you the inside scoop on follow-up DOs and DON'Ts when waiting to hear back from an employer after your interview:
- How Soon After a Job Interview Should You Follow Up?
- What If No One Responds When You Follow Up After a Job Interview?
- TEMPLATE For a Follow-up Note After a Job Interview
- After the Interview: Thank You Note (SAMPLE)
Why are they taking so long to get back to me?
All the while, no matter when and how you follow up. you still need help getting through the days that feel like years. Is it just you? Does everyone feel this way? What can you do to pass the time and still stay sane?
- Waiting Game: How to Deal with the Silence After a Job Interview
- 25 Things To Do While Waiting To Hear Back From a Job Interview
- How To Stay Sane (and Employable) While Looking for a Job
After the first contact email or phone call
And then there is the question about the SECOND follow-up contact. Is it any different? Are you getting dangerously close to crossing that line if you've already followed up at least one time? How much is too much?
- How Soon Should I Send a 2nd Follow Up Email After an Interview?
- Why You Shouldn't Follow Up Too Soon or Too Much
- When an Employer Doesn't Respond, Do You Keep Emailing?
Separating the follow-up myth from the facts
Do you even need to follow up? Some folks worry that if they don't, the employer will think they aren't interested. They worry they'll risk getting pushed to the side, while others who have followed up become the new favorites. Truth or myth?
What if you find out you're rejected?
Finally, if you are rejected, is there still something you can do – if not for this time for a possible next time? Some would say to just move on. And in many cases, that's basically what you need to do. But what if sending just one more message can help?