How to follow up after an interview

Following up after an interview can be a tricky process. Here are three easy things to keep in mind to do it a little more effectively the next time you’re going through a job hiring process.


If you’ve just left an interview, there’s most likely a million things going through your mind. One or two of those things probably has to do with what happens next. Following up after an interview can be a tricky scenario. While you realise you aren’t the only potential new employee, you’re no doubt seeking ways to stand out from the pack.

When it comes to interview tips following the interview, here are four tips to make it a little easier:

1. Ask for a preferred form of contact

The last thing you want to do is be an annoyance after an interview. Do your best to establish a preferred means of communication with the company before you leave. It’s usually safe to assume that the way you’ve been communicating up to this point will work, but if you can, try to find out for sure. If representatives from the company you’re interviewing at prefer to communicate via email, follow up with an email thanking whomever you met for his or her time. The same goes for a phone call.

2. Consider a “Thank You” note

A “Thank You” email or even phone call doesn’t constitute a real “Thank You” note in some circles. Instead of utilising the multitudes of technology at your disposal, go with an old school snail mail “Thank You” card instead. Hand write a thoughtful note that takes a little time to thank the hiring manager for meeting with you. If you two connected about anything in particular during your time together, try to make a mention of it quickly in the note.

3. Keep things light

While the job hiring process is certainly a formal one, it’s important to show prospective bosses that you have a more casual side as well. Remember: these are people you are may be working with day in and day out. It’s important for them to see another side of you as well. Hiring managers should want to hire you for your merit, sure, but it also helps when they want to hire you because they can see you as a co-worker they will get along with. In the same vein, don’t be too demanding in a follow-up correspondence. It’s understandable that you want to hear back one way or another regarding a job, but don’t put a hiring manager in a corner to make a decision when he or she is not ready.