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How To Follow Up a Job Interview

So you found the job of your dreams! To make sure you get the position, follow up the right way after your interview with these attention-getters.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Call or e-mail the employer after the date they said they'd make a decision, if you haven't heard back. You don't want to call too soon and seem desperate. Just ask how the process is going and if they need any other materials from you.
  • Step 2: Be patient if you don't hear from them by the time they said you would. Hiring can take a long time for a variety of reasons. Keep following up once every couple of weeks until you get a definite answer.
  • FACT: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14.9 million people were unemployed in August 2009.
  • TIP: If you have multiple interviews for the same position, send a thank-you note after the first interview, and follow-up e-mails after subsequent interviews.
  • Step 3: Send a thank-you note on the day of the interview or the very next day. The e-mail you sent is quick and easy, but a handwritten note will show your interest and will help you stand out.
  • Step 4: Ask the interviewer for a business card. This will give you the correct spelling of the employer's name, as well as their address and e-mail address.
  • Step 5: Send the employer a thank-you e-mail on the evening of your interview. It'll likely be the first e-mail that gets opened on the following morning.
  • Step 6: Ask at the end of the interview when the employer expects to make a decision. You don't want to pester the employer too soon, but you don't want to wait too long, either.

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