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Follow-Up Communications

What?

  • Follow up is a pivotal part of the application process and it can potentially serve as a deciding factor for the employer.
  • The intent is to be courteous and thank the employer for the interview.
  • It reflects your professionalism and continuing interest in the job.

Why?

  • When chosen for a job interview, you are being considered seriously for a position.
  • Follow-up communication is an opportunity to address any questions you have, to mention something important you forgot to say, or correct a mistake you made during the interview.

When?

  • A follow up should be sent 1-2 days after an interview.
  • Normally only follow up once with the employer.
  • If a significant amount of time has passed between a second or third interview, you may send a quick note to inquire on the status of the hiring process.

How?

  • A follow up is primarily done by email; however, a professionally written thank you note can distinguish you from others.
  • Only follow up one time per interview.

Example of a Professional Follow-Up Email

Subject: Thank you - Student Assistant Interview

Dear Mr. Carol,

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and learn more about the student assistant position with the Office of Student Life. I feel this will be an excellent match for my skills and interests. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Matthew Long

(329) 555-3845

mlong@gmail.com