LESSON

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After the Interview--What to Do, How to Follow-Up

Estimated Time to Completion: 

1 hour

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After the interviewer, it is vital that you follow up with your interviewer! If you don’t believe us, check out this fact:


“Fewer than 10 percent of job candidates followed up with thank you cards, yet over 90 percent of hiring managers say that being thanked, after the interview, helps.” (Source)


Here are 4 Ways to Follow-Up


Option 1: The Thank You Note


At the end of your interview ask the hiring manager when you can expect to hear back from them about next steps. This date will help you determine when it’s most appropriate to follow up down the line.


The day after your interview you can send a quick email thanking the interviewer for their time. Mention one specific thing you learned from the interview and mention that you are looking forward to hearing back. See the source linked here for examples of thank you notes if you are not sure what to write.


Option 2: The Follow-Up Note

Put a note on your calendar to follow up one week after the date you were expecting to hear back. If they didn’t tell you the date, estimate 1.5-2 weeks.


When that day comes, send a quick note — no more than three paragraphs — to the hiring manager you dealt with. The content should be similar to what you wrote for the thank you note. Express your interest and excitement about the role. Say something positive about the organization and ask if there is any additional information you can provide that would be of use. Tell them you are looking forward to hearing back soon.


Option 3: The Feedback Note


If you feel like the interview went well, but you aren’t offered the job, you can send one additional note to ask for feedback on the interview. Again, you want to be brief. Thank the interviewer once again for their time. Say that you enjoyed the interview process and would like to get some constructive feedback on what you can do better in the future to improve your chances of getting a job.


Not all recruiters will take the time to give you that feedback, but often you may get a specific tip that can improve your chances on the next round — and who knows, it could lead to a different job offer down the line.


Fun Fact: One of the developers who works for Key Learning didn’t make it through the first interview round. However, she emailed us and asked for feedback. Her thank-you email was so good that we decided to give her another chance. Now she is one of our star interns!


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PROJECT: 

There is no project for this lesson.

QUIZ: 

In the next lesson, we will discuss a topic that you might not be as familiar with--negotiating your offer. This is very common here in the US, but many people don’t do it because they are afraid of losing their offer. We will go through how and when to do it, and what can come out of a good negotiation.