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How to follow up post interview

The most nerve wracking part of any job interview process can often be the wait for feedback following the interview. At the end of most interviews, the interviewer will often tell you when a decision will be made; this is a good time to tell them that you still interested in the position and look forward to hearing from them, so that they know you are still keen.

It is usually a good idea to follow up the interview with an email or letter, depending on the company culture, to thank them for their time, remind them why you are right for the role and let them know you are still interested. You can also highlight any topics you wish you had addressed in the interview, or any areas in which you think you may not have done so well.

If you haven’t heard back and a reasonable time has passed, usually a week, or they said they would have made a decision before now, follow up with a call. If you can’t get through, leave a message and send an email. Do not keep calling/ emailing though if you can’t get hold of anyone, this can make you look desperate. Again when calling if they haven’t made a decision remind them that you are still keen on this opportunity and find out when you can expect to hear. Ensure they have the correct details to get hold of you. It may help to write down what you want to say before calling, especially if you are nervous.

In the meantime keep looking for other job opportunities. Most employers will ask if you are actively looking for roles or interviewing elsewhere at interviews, this can create a sense of urgency if they know you may get snapped up elsewhere. Offer to send over referee details if this will help in their decision making. Of course do not send your current employer’s details before an offer is made, if they are not aware you looking.

Once you get feedback?

If you are offered the role, congratulations! You can now start the negotiations on the finer details of the contract, salary and think about notifying your current employer. For further information on how to resign read our advice here.

If you are not offered the role, then thank the person for letting you know and ask for some constructive feedback on your interview. This can be helpful when attending future interviews or help you know what skills you need to get a role like this. It may be that you did have the skills they thought you lacked, in which case this gives you the opportunity to tell them, which could sway their decision. Remember to keep professional at all times.

Of course this can all be extremely time consuming, especially when you are actively looking and attending multiple interviews. That is why an agency like TPP can help. We have developed relationships with our clients and of course you. We can handle negotiations, give the employer your feedback and pass on constructive feedback to you.

We can also help with interview advice to help ensure you are performing at your best in the interview. We can help negotiate on the finer details if you are offered the role, which are sometimes difficult to approach, such as salary and benefits.