By Kaitlyn Lannan
These days, many interviewers expect a follow-up thank you note after an interview. Some companies have even been known to discard your application, even if you were an otherwise good candidate, simply because you did not follow up with a thank-you after an interview.
Needless to say, it’s an important part of the interview process. Following up can also be important if you are looking for information on the status of your job application.
Here are some of the best follow-up strategies:
WRITE A NOTE
Send a thank-you as soon as possible after the interview. Email or write a personalized note to the interviewer recapping what you discussed in the interview, why you think you would be a good fit, and express your gratitude.
Including what you discussed in the interview will help the recruiter to remember you.
CHECK THE PROCESS
To follow up about the status of your job application, check on the company’s website to see if there is a general careers email address or a phone number for job candidates to call. If you choose to call, make sure that there is not a “no phone calls” policy, or you risk getting your application immediately rejected if you break the rule.
If you have the contact information of the person who interviewed you, it could also be a good idea to contact them to see if they know where you are in the application process.
Be persistent, but not annoying. The tricky part with following up with companies after an interview is to show them that you are interested in the position, but not to annoy them with the amount of times that you contact them.
Try following up twice, any more than that and you will probably not get a positive response.
It can be frustrating to have to follow up with a company that you were hoping to hear from soon after submitting your application or interviewing, but following up and sending thank you notes can keep your name at the top of the pile and get you noticed by recruiters.
Kaitlyn Lannan is a junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in economics and communication studies and plans on attending business school in the future. Her dream job is becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at a Fortune 500 company. You can find Kaitlyn on Twitter at @KaitlynLannan.