The Proper Way to Follow Up and 3 Steps to Make It Happen

Do you follow up on your applications? Chances are good that your follow up strategy is more or less hit or miss. What you might not realize about this is that if you aren’t following up properly, you are missing out on a lot of job opportunities and even some networking opportunities. These are the best touch points of your life, so why not make sure that you maximize your ability to seek out new opportunities and new ventures?

The identifying factors of the proper follow up are plentiful:

It should be short and to the point — you don’t want to spend a lot of time gushing about the job. Ask short questions, receive short answers, and thank the person for their time.

It should focus more on getting answers than trying to tell a sob story. You don’t want to make someone feel like they’re obligated to hire you. Even if you get your way, we can almost guarantee that you will not fit well into the company culture — especially if your origin story is revealed around the water cooler.

These two identifiers will be key, so make sure that you keep them in the back of your mind as you read this guide.

There are essentially three steps to building the perfect follow up.

First and foremost, you will need to make sure that you go back and read the original job description. You will want to make sure that the employer did not put the average turnaround time to hear from them in the ad, because this will make you look foolish if you aren’t careful. You will need to make sure that you give the employer enough time to call back everyone. Generally speaking, you can actually contact your prospective employer with a quick follow up about a week or so after your interview.

If they have indicated that they would prefer follow ups by email, you should send your original interviewer or the HR department the email. Make sure that you reference who you are, the job position that you’re applying for, as well as the date that you had your interview. Indicate that you were thankful for the job interview, and you would like to know the status of your interview as well as any next steps that you need to take.

From here, you will want to just sit back and wait. A big mistake would be to constantly hound the interviewer, especially as they’re trying to call back candidates and schedule second interviews. There are applicants that have found themselves out of the candidate pool because they have called the employer too much to ask the same question. When you’re hungry for your next job, it can be hard to wait. However this is a time that you will need to just have some patience. While you wait for your first choice job to call you back, it’s a great time to actually look at other jobs that might be an even better fit. After all, you won’t know until you try!

Finally, you will want to look at sending a thank you note to the interviewer directly if you can. It’s not something that’s required, but if you really want to leave a good impression, this is definitely one of the ways to do it.

At the end of the day, it can be hard to wait on the job that seems to right and so perfect. However, if you follow the tips in this guide, you’ll actually find that you’ll be getting a lot more positive phone calls from interviewers — get started today!