Clients often ask us if they should follow up after an interview. There can be a lot of doubt and confusion about whether following up is a proper job search strategy. But the answer is:
The majority of candidates will never follow up after an interview. I would say that for every ten people I’ve interviewed, only one has followed up after the interview. Job seekers as a whole underestimate the effectiveness and benefits of proper post-interview follow-up.
WHY SHOULD I FOLLOW UP?
It makes a great impression! When you follow up after the interview you remind the hiring manager of who you are and of your interest in the position. It’s always the polite thing to do. By following up with the hiring manager, you show that you are detail-oriented, have proper business etiquette and respect, and that you demonstrate your gratitude. These are three traits any business would be thrilled about having in an employee.
The next time you have an interview, don’t forget to follow up with the hiring manager or hiring committee. It’s a great way to show them your interest and make a great first impression.
Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved over a 99% success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies. The President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast, she and her team partner with professional- and executive-level candidates to transform job searches and careers.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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How to you recommend following up in a way that stands out from the rest? I’m sure hiring managers get thousands of e-mails per day, but sending a card through the mail seems like it might take too long. Any suggestions?
When I was a hiring manager I probably only received one e-mail for every 100 candidates I interviewed. It’s not common and it’s always nice to hear thank you.
Great article and I totally agree. Plus, a written note is even MORE unusual and appreciated!