Job interviews are some of the most intense experiences that a person can go through. The less work experience we have the whole ordeal is more stressful and it is difficult to handle the whole situation properly. A lot of people are in the dark when it comes to what to do after the interview is over, and if there should be any additional communication coming from our side while we’re waiting for the other side to call back and let us know about the results of the meeting. Writing a follow-up email is a great way to stay in touch with the interviewer and even raise your chances to get the job!
Let’s see which situations could be a good opportunity to send a follow-up email to say “Thank you” and what would be the best way to create its content.
After the interview is over there is a 24-hour window of opportunity for you to send a “Thank you” email, just to make sure your application gets an extra glance by the people in the company. It should be a short email, where you thank for the opportunity to introduce yourself and explain your enthusiasm regarding the job and certain aspects of the interview that you think would be interesting to put in the spotlight.
This type of follow-up email is also a good chance to let the interviewer know you are open for any additional questions.
There is a great way to see if your email is opened, by whom it was opened and when, so you would know if your follow-ups are being handled at all. HubSpot is a great tool to use in order to track your emails and schedule future emails so you don’t have to worry about remembering to send them at the right time.
There are cases when you don’t get an update for a significant amount of time. This is a good moment to send a letter that shows your interest in the results of your past job interview. This should be a short email, stating only your interest in the job opportunity and offer for additional information if needed.
There are online services, such as MailShake that can help you write a professional follow-up email in case you think your writing skills are insufficient to create a compelling content.
Additional work experience or recently acquired skill is something you want to share with the interviewer via follow-up email. In case you have obtained some new certificates or passed a course that would be beneficial to your work application you might improve your odds substantially.
This email should simply explain that you have a meaningful update that could be of significance to their decision-making process. Just in case to be sure that your email is mistake free you can use some proofreading tools like Grammarly or other.
Although you might think that it takes too long to get a call and see if you got the job, sometimes patience is a virtue. However, follow-ups can’t do any harm, unless you send them too often or the content is not appropriate.
So take your time, consider what is the best time for you to get in touch with the interviewer and what you want to share with them. Hope this article will help you with your future job applications, break a leg!
Eva Wislow is a career coach and HR manager at CareersBooster.com. She is focusing on helping people break down their limits, find a dream job and achieve career success. Eva maintains a strong interest in bringing the digital revolution into human resources. She finds her inspiration in writing and peace of mind through yoga.