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When and how to follow up after the interview

Follow-up 1-2 weeks after the interview

In my opinion a good time to reach out in regards to your final interview is anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. Completing final interviews with multiple candidates can take time when you factor in everyone’s schedules.

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Follow-up with email first, then a phone call

In any case, I would recommend that if you have not heard back from the company once two weeks have passed since your last interview, follow up with an e-mail. If 1-2 more weeks pass and you still have not heard anything, I would follow up with a phone call. In both of these communications, it is important for you to stress that you know how busy they are and that you are very excited about the opportunity.

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Send a thank you note

I have always recommended that if a candidate is going to send 'thank you' emails they do it the same or next day following the formal interview. Send 'thank you' emails to everyone you interviewed with. Be brief (don’t send a thesis) reiterate your interest in the role and open the door to any follow up questions they may have.

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During the interview, ask about next steps and a timeframe

Before you leave the interview, it's common for the recruiter to give you an idea of next steps - i.e. whether they are considering other applicants, how long the process could take, what extra materials they need from you.

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Follow up if you haven’t been contacted within the timeframe stated by your interviewer

Did the recruiter say when you should expect to hear back from them? If so, allow it to get to that date. If after a couple of days from that time you haven’t heard, then definitely reach out to them to see where they stand.

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Follow up after a week if a timeline isn’t outlined by your interviewer

If you did not initially set up a time frame, wait one week and call.

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Expect delays, so don’t hound your interviewer

There can be several reasons for a delay in the process so just want to be sure that you’re professional in your approach and mindful of things that can come up. This is also a good opportunity to reiterate your interest in the role as well as your key strengths that you would bring to the position.

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Expect delays, so don’t hound your interviewer

It is important ... not to be overly aggressive in your follow-up. Respect the fact that the hiring managers are very busy and other priorities can take precedent over hiring decisions.

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Be professional if you don’t get the job - other opportunities may become available

If you find that you are not selected for the position, be professional. You never know what opportunities could come up in the future where you may be considered!

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Call after a week if you haven’t received a response to your email follow-up

If a week goes by and you still haven't heard from them after sending an e-mail, I think trying to phone them would be an appropriate next step.

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