What is the proper post interview protocol and how can you use this valuable time to your benefit as a job applicant?
Is there a time frame for sending a follow up letter and calling the interviewer or should you just wait it out?
First of all, when you go on a job interview make sure to inquire at the end of the interview about when the interviewer expects to make a decision about filling the position and take note of that time period in your mind. Send a letter the day after your interview, while your name and face are still fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Use your letter to reiterate your conversation and add pertinent details about your accomplishments you may not have discussed at the interview. In essence, your follow up letter is another opportunity to sell yourself.
Wait for about three to five days before your call to follow up. If the interviewer indicated they would be making a decision in two weeks, than wait for a week and a half prior to calling. When you call, thank the interviewer for their time and reiterate your interest in the position. If possible, don’t leave a voice mail message for the interviewer but rather, try to speak to the person personally – it is more memorable and gives you a chance to discuss the job further.
If you have not heard anything in a couple of weeks, call the interviewer again. Briefly reiterate your interest in the job, state your availability and thank the interviewer. At this point, you need to wait to hear about the status of the position. Although the squeaky wheel gets the oil, you don’t want to become a pest either.
Following up effectively after an interview can make the difference between getting that dream job – or just dreaming about it.