Job Interview Follow Ups


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Follow-up and Get the Job

In this electronic day and age in Ottawa, you might think it is ok to just dash off one ‘Thank you’ email and move on to the next interview. This might have worked once upon a time but it is no longer sufficient. You don’t want to overdo it, but you do not want to seem nonchalant either. For those who feel they are being a pest just for following up – nothing could be further from the truth.

How to Follow Up

In addition to saying thank you for the interview, a few days later you should send another email highlighting your interest in the job, the skills you have that suit the job and ask for a status update. This might take courage if you have never done it before but it will have a positive effect on the interviewer or hiring manager.

  1. Send that thank you email within 36 hours after the interview. All you want to do with this email is thank the interviewer for their time, indicate that you enjoyed the time with them and indicate that you look forward to hearing from them very soon.
  2. Send a second email no sooner than 3 days after the interview and no less than 5 days. This email should be focused on getting an answer about the status of the opening while reiterating your interest in the job. Make a strong statement about your interest, your skills and your expectation in regard to hearing back from them.

Impact of Follow-up

Reading this you might just shrug it off saying a quick thank you is enough and the second follow up is not needed. Hiring managers and recruiters would indicate that thinking that way could hurt your chances of getting the job. That is particularly true if your competition follows up with the second letter.

If you ask for an update without pressuring for an answer, and do so with respect, the hiring manager is going to notice and they are going to remember. This is especially true if people skills are an integral and important part of the job.

You might simply indicate that it has been a week or so since the interview and you are still interested. This time just indicate that you look forward to hearing from them.

This works if you take the opportunity each and every time to reiterate why you are the best person for the job. Let them know you are still thinking about the challenges they presented during the interview. Perhaps indicate a potential solution to that problem. This will impress the hiring manager not only with your continued interest and thought about the process, but with your skills in solving the challenge as well.


If done politely, respectfully and in a timely manner, this kind of follow up can move the hiring manager to a decision, hopefully in your favor, sooner rather than later.


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