You’ve just interviewed for a position, and you’re pretty sure you nailed it. But you’re eager to know for sure. Did you get the job? Will you be called back for another interview? Oftentimes, your actions after the interview will play a large part in what happens next.  

While there are only so many things you can do to ease the anxiety of this waiting period, knowing how to follow up and what things to steer clear of will ensure that you don’t hurt your chances of landing the job. You don’t want to annoy the interviewer, but you also don’t want to come off as lazy or unprofessional. Check out when it’s OK to act after the interview, and how to do so. 

The Thank You Email:

It’s always a good idea to ask when you can expect to hear back at the end of the interview. This date will help you determine when it’s appropriate to follow up and take action. 

The first time you can, and should, follow up is one day after your interview. Send a quick email thanking the hiring manager for their time. Keep it short and sweet. In the email, you can mention one specific thing about the interview or what you learned about the organization. Additionally, you can end it by mentioning how much you are looking forward to hearing from them. The thank-you note isn’t an opportunity to add more content to your interview, but rather a chance to demonstrate your excitement and appreciation. 

68% of recruiters and hiring managers claim that a thank you email sent post-interview matters tremendously. Sending thank you notes is a respectable thing to do in general, and the same goes for job interviews. The interviewer did take their time to meet with you, which is something worth saying thank you. It also exhibits your interest in the role, which always helps. 

The Follow-Up: 

This is when you need to be careful. If the date the interviewer told you has rolled around, and there still hasn’t been an update, you’re probably eager to shoot them an email. While it is acceptable to check in again after the thank you note, don’t nail them with this on the exact date they told you. Give them a couple of days and wait to send a follow-up email until it’s been about a week from the initial date they told you you’d hear back. Things happen and sometimes the process gets held up. Who knows, they may have narrowed it down to you and another candidate, but haven’t made the final choice yet. 

This email can be formatted similarly to the thank you email. The goal is to let them know you are still eager and interested in the position. You can inquire if they need any additional information from you and mention that you look forward to hearing back soon. 

Exceptions: 

As mentioned previously, you don’t want to be an annoyance to the interviewer or hiring manager. That’s why we recommend only following up once right after the interviewer and once later on. However, there is an exception to this.  

Oftentimes candidates apply to and interview for multiple jobs at a time. In this case, you may receive an offer from one company before hearing back from another. This is one time when it’s okay to send an additional email to the interviewer or hiring manager. You should let them know you received another offer but are waiting to hear back from them before making a decision. Once again this shows your interest and lets them know you are still open to the opportunity.  

Additionally, you may have done some outstanding work or completed a huge project since you interviewed with a company. If this is the case, you should update them on this as it may have a significant impact on their decision! 

Everyone gets anxious after an interview. The waiting game Is tough to play and it’s hard to know when you should reach out to the interviewer. To keep your chances of landing the job as high as possible without being a bother, it’s smart to follow up on a few specific occasions. As long as you follow these guidelines for post-interview etiquette, you’ll be on the right track!