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Following up after an interview can be crucial to the company's decision-making process. Ideally you should follow up with a potential employer within 24 hours of an interview. Sometimes however, you may not hear back from a potential employer for two weeks following an interview. If this is the case, it is appropriate to check in with the employer to find out where they are in the hiring process. There are ways to do this without sounding annoying or desperate for a job.
Follow Up Email
One method of following up with the employer if more than a week has passed from the time of your first interview is by email. This is a polite way to inquire about the status of a position and about the organization’s decision-making process. When you interview, it is always a good idea to ask for a business card of the person interviewing you, as well as an HR member’s business card. That way you have the contact information of the people you need to follow up with.
What to Say
You can approach approach an email correspondence in several ways. One is to thank the interviewer for interviewing and meeting with you. Even if you have already sent a thank-you note, it is a good idea to reiterate your thanks for meeting with the organization. You also want to ask for the position if you have not done so already. An employer wants to know that you are serious about the position that they have offered, and that you are ready to work with them. No employer wants to hire a wishy-washy candidate. They may not have gotten in contact with you simply because they are busy, or their hiring process is slow, not because they are not interested.
How to Say It
Thank the employer for meeting with you. Say that you enjoyed meeting with them and learning more about the company and business goals. Mention your skills, talents, and abilities, and how well they match up with the organizational goals and position. Tell them that you are very interested in the opportunity available at their company and that you feel you would be an asset to the organization. Ask them what the next step is in the process, and let them know if you have any other interviews lined up or job offers on the table. Thank them again for their time.
When writing your correspondence, remember to be polite and assertive, but not overly aggressive. You want to let the potential employer know that you are definitely interested in the position, but that you also have other irons on the fire -- if that is the case. You can let them know that you will follow up with a phone call in a week as well. You want to let the employer know that you need to have some type of closure regarding the position, or a status update. There is nothing wrong with asking for this. Don't send an email and follow up with a phone call two days later; if you do send an email, wait another week before making a telephone call. This gives the employer adequate time to respond to your inquiry.
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Aanya Rose has been writing since 1998. Her work has appeared in "ADDitude," "Curl," "Diabetes Alternatives," "Fitness," the "Healing Path" and more. She has served as a channel manager for various websites and worked in consultation and training. Rose holds a B.S. and Ph.D.