Our focus today is in how to follow up after a job interview when you have heard nothing. This is Day 29 in our 30 Day Job Search Challenge. This is a free challenge that is available to all job seekers (regardless of your industry).
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Alright, the interview went well but it has been two weeks and you have heard nothing. You even wrote a nice job interview thank you letter.
Now, you are scratching your head right? What do you do when you haven’t heard back after the interview? How could everything be so positive and then just silence. Have you been there before? You are not really sure what to do but you are still definitely interested. So, you think: “What do I have to lose?”
Well, before bugging the heck out of them with daily phone calls, I want to offer you 4 different killer follow-up letters that you can use to gauge if there is still a pulse. While it is not a bad practice to mail a follow up letter after the interview, I highly recommend that you use these letters as an email.
An interview follow up letter can be incredibly powerful. The reason why I suggest the email follow-up is because it makes it easier for the Hiring Manager to reply (either good or bad). In other words, if you are out of the mix, he can easily take you off the hook if he wanted to.
No response could still mean there is a pulse and a positive response allows you to reply back and reinforce an interest. This is why a follow up email after interview is so important.
Also, it opens a dialog and as long as there is 2 way communication there is a pulse. You can still choose to use the below examples as a follow up letter after interview but I think they work best as an email in my experience.
Day 29 – How to Write a Follow Up Email After Interview: 4 KILLER FOLLOW-UP EMAILS
Now, I would not recommend sending every single one of these follow-up emails. The interview follow up email needs to be personalized and specific. You need to determine which one below is most appropriate for your situation. Always remember that there is a fine line between moving things in a positive direction and de-railing the whole process.
Use common sense to determine what is appropriate. Also, these emails are to be used after you have done the initial thank you notes and some time has past. Pick the follow up interview email that works best for you. Also, if you want pointers on proper ways to follow up, read my post about thank you letters.
1. Is the Position Still Available Email (Follow up email after interview no response)
Here is a good follow up interview letter that you can use in order to get a pulse as to what is going on. If you are not sure which one of the four to use then I would go with this one.
It basically is asking for information as it relates to the open position that you interviewed for. Feel free to tailor the wording to your liking as it might be a bit bold for some, but this will give you a general feel for the type of follow-up letter that you can use.
2. Request another Interview Email
This one is a bit bolder than the other approaches. If used in the right setting, it can work very well. It is simple and straightforward post interview email in which you can ask for a second interview. It also lets the other party know that you are interested in the opportunity.
3. Portfolio for Your Review Included Email
This can be used as an opportunity to supply more information to the hiring manager who is in the valley of decision. Use this if you have not heard anything as it gives you an opportunity to put your skills back in front of them in a professional way. If you do not know how to put together a portfolio, then just create a one page word document with your major skill sets and bullet points listed underneath. Use this job interview follow up email as a way to throw your hat back in the ring.
4. Forgot to mention during the interview
The purpose for this one is to send some additional information that you believe could be helpful to the Hiring Manager. This can give you a specific reason as to why you are reaching out to him. It is an “oh, I almost forgot…” kind of email. Used tactfully, it can be very powerful follow up email sample.
There you have it. A powerful sample follow up letter after interview. Hopefully, these will work out well for you or if not at least it has your mind working as to the type of follow-up email you can create.
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