Interview Follow-up: Know the Best Way to Do It

Interviews are nerve wrecking’, it is almost a universal fact. But what follows an interview is the question of getting selected, and that is more agitating. Until you know what the answer is, the quotient of dilemma whether it will be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, will always remain in mind. Now, you cannot decide that by plucking petals and counting on your luck. So, the thing that one needs to do is ‘interview follow-up.’

Don’t rush to your keyboard! There is a correct way and approach towards everything. Getting impulsive or rushing with your query can end up giving a wrong signal to the company; and that will be the last thing to do.

Back to interview follow-up

There are some subtle yet certain ways with which you can get to know whether you are selected or not. However, there are some dos and don’ts, which you have to maintain to present yourself in a more dignified manner.

First things first - 4 ways to follow-up your interview session

1. “When shall I contact you further?”

Yes, you can ask about this once your interview is over, directly to the interviewer. This way you will get a clear answer of ‘how’ and ‘when’ you can contact the company office. If they are giving you the direct answer that “you can call us after this-this date or time,” then you know what will be your next step. In case they say that “we will get back to you,” the best thing will be to wait at least for 3-4 days before you contact them. [How Soon Should You Follow up After an Interview is Over]

2. Ask for the viable communicating option

If you have a profile in some official web forum to search for jobs, ask the company if you can contact them through that portal or not. It is the most appropriate way to approach or follow-up an interview. But if you do this, there is one thing that is to be very certain about:

Contact them on the same page from where they have got your profile; not anywhere else. Not clear? Let’s take an example: Suppose you have accounts in ‘A’ and ‘B’ websites. The company found you from website A; so when you will do your interview follow-up, do contact them from website A only, even if the company has a profile in B. Why? The simple reason behind this is, do not; I repeat ‘Do Not’ show the ‘impatient – web stalker’ side of yours!

You can also ask for their business card, contact number or email address.

3. Thank you letter

Yes, this is still in and a crucial part of an interview. If you didn’t know, thank you note will help in improving your impression and leave a mark on your interviewer. Yes, they expect to know what you think about the company, your will and wish to work there and your dignified way of showing interest as well as excitement. In case you are a novice in this, get some help shared below along with the details.

Now let’s give you a rough format for a thank you note:
“Your name
Recipient’s name
Company details
Dear Mr / Ms Recipient,

  Thank you very much for considering me for this ‘X’ position in your company. I am much honored to participate in this interview session and it was a very pleasant experience. I would like to thank you for considering me eligible and I hope that I have not been very disappointing. I further assure you that I am really looking forward to work for your company and try to enhance its glory and reputation even further. I will be eagerly waiting for your reply.

You can contact me: [Contact details: e-mail id, phone number]
Best regards
[Your name]”

This is just a rough but correct format of follow-up letters. You can make your own desired and required changes accordingly. [How to Write a Thank You Letter After Interview]

4. Phone call

You can directly call them for your follow-up and ask at the office desk about further detail. So if you are choosing to do this then make sure to provide them with your detail, date of interview and also the name or position of the interviewer.

• You can only provide with these details if you remember them correctly.

For that, right after the interview, you should start with the follow-up notes. Like that, you can provide with any details they ask for.

Why not have a rough idea of the most common and effective ways of communication for an interview follow-up? Here you go!

i. E-mail or website reply: 87%
ii. Via phone call: 81%
iii. Thank you note: 38%
iv. Social media: 25%

One thing you need to keep in mind is that; try and avoid texting, as it looks very unprofessional.

Now that you are all prepared with the interview follow-up process, you don’t have to sit ideally and impatiently after an interview. Get ready and come out with flying colours!