To follow up with the company or not?
That’s the burning question most of us have, post-interview.
If we follow up, won’t that make us look desperate?
But if we don’t, won’t it seemed as if we’re disinterested?
Instead of second guessing and never arriving at your conclusion, we sort out the best interview etiquette after a job interview (which also won’t make you look utterly despair and wretched from the unknown)…
Etiquettes differ by fields.
Do your research and do not assume all interviewers are the same. Some interviewer may be old school and preferred handwritten notes. The most formal sort of interview acknowledgment is a handwritten note; hand delivered because that means you put a lot of thoughts and efforts into one. Who wouldn’t love that extra attention? On the other hand, an artsy, pop art ‘thank you note’ would make more sense for the Creative Director you just met.
If you have been liaising with a specific person in charge before the interview, a simple thank you email or a note to the liaison will suffice. Just remember to put it into thoughts about getting your interviewers email during the session so you’d get the chance to email him/her post-interview. The thank you note should be sent the day of the interview or immediately the next day. Then, a follow-up email or letter reiterating your interest in the position would be appropriate after 2 weeks (if you’re still not hearing any news from them).
Keep it short and simple — KISS. Quora reader, Matt Schex shares with us his experience about sending a note after interviews, “Her response was that a follow-up is not always necessary but it does show that you are sincerely interested and it shows gratitude towards your interviewer.” But he also mentioned about keeping it short and sweet because you don’t want to seem “stalker-ish”
Ask for a time frame
Different companies have different turnaround processes and work culture. Sometimes, the hiring manager may come back to you slower due to various reasons such as budget implementation, department managers on vacation, other candidates in consideration, or simply no comment/ feedback. Whatever the reasons are, your best bet is to ask for a time frame to follow up. That way, you’ll know when to follow up and the hiring company has given you their word (indirectly permission) to follow up within the given time frame.