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EP 2029 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview.

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Let's talk today about following up after the interview.

You have an interview that you really thrilled about or you just got that vibe about that says you did a great job and are really excited about it. How do you follow-up? When do you follow-up?

For years, following up and sending a thank you letter. That translated into you handwrote or typed or wordprocessed the letter, mailed it to someone and waited for a response. You have to go that far anymore. Although it's a nice touch to mail a letter, by the time that they get it, it is too late; they have already made a decision.

What you want to do is follow up shortly after the interview... Like when you get home. You have a chance to rest for a little bit. You sit down and with your thoughts about the job digested, you send an email to the folks that you met with. If it's one, 2 or 3 people, you very the letter. The theme is basically the same.

You think them for inviting you into interview and then you express your interest in the role. "I just want to let you know how interested I am in the role and I feel I would be a good fit.. Let me explain why I believe I would be a good fit." Then you list to 3 factors that based upon your discussion indicate that you fit the role very well.

Then, you conclude with, "I look forward to hearing from you. Best next step in the process."

If you don't get a response from, there is a message in that. The message could be, "Were still interviewing and we don't want to make any commitment yet." It could also mean, "we are not interested." You have to sit tight for a while. If you haven't gotten a response. A few days later ... I'm not talking about one day. I'm talking about 4 or 5 business days later… Then you might try phone call to say, "Hi! I hadn't heard from you and want to let you know of my interest. What is the process going to be like at this point? I assume that you still interviewing for the role. When you believe you be completing this round?" You make it into a friendly phone call. Thus, you have to steps you can do.

1. What is the traditional thank you email
2. Then you follow-up with a phone call 5 business days later. If you haven't heard anything.

If you're still not getting a response back to the phone call, don't call relentlessly. It is obnoxious. They tell you something by not getting back to you. That's true of third-party recruiters or employers who have interviewed you.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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