There Is a Fine Line Between Effective Interview Follow Up and Being A Pest

Job search best practices tell you to follow up immediately after an interview with an email or hand-written thank you note to each of the interviewers. Email is more common these days, so the fact that you take the time to write a hand-written note just might set you apart from the other candidates. Be sure to mention something specific about your skillset that you discussed during the interview and express your eagerness to join their team.  

jobseeker celebratingIf you have followed up as recommended and still have not heard back, do not take it personally. At the end of the interview, you can set the stage for following up while also gauging the interviewer’s receptiveness. Ask the interviewer if they’d prefer that you call or email in a couple of weeks to check the status of the decision making process. If they ask you not to follow up — heed their advice. Annoying them will get you nowhere. Some hiring managers will be impressed by you taking the initiative to make the next contact.   Others prefer to control the flow of information. Most importantly — if you commit to following up in a specific manner on a specific date — make sure you do it. You want to keep yourself “Top of Mind” without being a pest.

If you still have not heard anything after a few attempts, it is time to change your approach.   After a week, send the interviewer an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. Join some of the same LinkedIn groups and participate in the group conversations. Share articles of interest, demonstrating your expertise and proper professional social networking etiquette. You can also follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and comment on the company blog, should they have one. While there are no guarantees, by being persistent without being a pest, your perseverance just might pay off.

Trish Thomas founded The Resume Resource in 2009 to help people develop the tools, strategies and confidence to build satisfying careers. As a Career Coach and Resume Writer, she helps her clients articulate their unique value to stand out from the competition, and guides them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful.