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    Default When or how to follow up after an interview?

    I had an interviews today for a role and was wondering when and how would be a good time to follow up with a thanks for their time communication of some sort.

    They are interviewing all week so I'm a bit worried about being forgotten as I am one of the first to be interviewed for the role.

    Another point to consider is that I Dont have the direct emails for the hiring manager due to it going through their internal recruitment team, but I could reach out on LinkedIn if that's considered reasonable
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    I believe a week would be the usual time. Are you in direct contact with their recruitment team? I generally don't find a lot of people are very responsive on LinkedIn, even if they contacted me first.
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    No direct contact I'm afraid. All comms were via a group mailbox
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    Quote Originally Posted by N7Valiant View Post
    I believe a week would be the usual time.
    Agreed. No less than one week, no more than two. Aim for somewhere in-between if you have to, calling first thing Mon morning looks needy.

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    Sometimes it's hard not to be and the corollary is that in my first job in IT, I was the first one interviewed and given a job offer that day. Didn't realize how lucky I was at the time but it does happen.
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    Never be the first be interviewed!
    This has happened to me many times and I've never gotten the job when it happens.
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    Has anyone actually landed a job solely just by following up? I feel like if they liked you, you'll get a call back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welly_59 View Post
    I had an interviews today for a role and was wondering when and how would be a good time to follow up with a thanks for their time communication of some sort.
    You should follow up within 24 hours.

    They are interviewing all week so I'm a bit worried about being forgotten as I am one of the first to be interviewed for the role.

    [/QUOTE]
    Another point to consider is that I Dont have the direct emails for the hiring manager due to it going through their internal recruitment team, but I could reach out on LinkedIn if that's considered reasonable[/QUOTE]

    Did you interview with the hiring manager? Did you get his or her name?

    Avoid linked in altogether, because some may see it as stalking or needy.

    Reach out to the to recruitment team tomorrow afternoon, and mention that you would want to see if you could get the email address of the hiring maanger for the purpose of sending a thank you letter.

    At the very least you could send a surface mail Thank you card to every person you interviewed with.


    If you get the email address of the hiring manager and his name, then send both an email and a surface letter. He will get at least one if not both.

    I have never heard a hiring manger "oh man I have too many candidates sending Thank You Letters"


    Why are people saying wait a week? A week goes by someone else gets the job.
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    I think that is what I will do - reach out to the recruitment team asking for the direct mail so I can send a thank you email

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkingStudent View Post
    You should follow up within 24 hours.

    They are interviewing all week so I'm a bit worried about being forgotten as I am one of the first to be interviewed for the role.
    Another point to consider is that I Dont have the direct emails for the hiring manager due to it going through their internal recruitment team, but I could reach out on LinkedIn if that's considered reasonable[/QUOTE]

    Did you interview with the hiring manager? Did you get his or her name?

    Avoid linked in altogether, because some may see it as stalking or needy.

    Reach out to the to recruitment team tomorrow afternoon, and mention that you would want to see if you could get the email address of the hiring maanger for the purpose of sending a thank you letter.

    At the very least you could send a surface mail Thank you card to every person you interviewed with.


    If you get the email address of the hiring manager and his name, then send both an email and a surface letter. He will get at least one if not both.

    I have never heard a hiring manger "oh man I have too many candidates sending Thank You Letters"


    Why are people saying wait a week? A week goes by someone else gets the job.[/QUOTE]
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    I read through the first message too quickly. For a "thank you for your time", do it ASAP. Very few people do this so it always looks good when you do. It won't fix any errors you might have had but if they're waffling between multiple candidates, the one who is polite will stand out.
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    I always follow up within a day or two with a thanks for your time and reiterate my interest in the position. If I don’t have anyone’s direct contact other than a recruiter I’ll ask them to pass it on.

    Good luck!
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    So I checked the contact details I had for the recruitment team and it turns out I don't have one, only a donotrespond mail address.

    Looms like the only way of me sending a thank you is via a personal message on LinkedIn.

    Is the consensus that this is a bit creepy?
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    Actually just realised I have the hiring manager as a connection on LinkedIn so might not be as creepy as first thought lol 😁
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    I send a follow up message or call the second day after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey88 View Post
    Has anyone actually landed a job solely just by following up? I feel like if they liked you, you'll get a call back.
    Yes, at home depot. I applied online, and called a week later. The HR person in the store took my app out of the "pile" and scheduled an interview for that day, hired the next and in training the week after. She only hired those who followed up, which was still plenty of people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by networker050184 View Post
    I always follow up within a day or two with a thanks for your time and reiterate my interest in the position. If I don’t have anyone’s direct contact other than a recruiter I’ll ask them to pass it on.

    Good luck!
    This is important. Apparently recruiters/HR deal with people who lose interest in the job after one interview. They hate it. My most recent interview started off with "I am just calling you to make sure you are still interested in ______ before passing you along to our recruiter who will do the initial screen".

    The further you go into the interview process, the more important it becomes to express your genuine interest for the position. There are people who do first round interviews, decide "this aint for me" but keep going through the process because they don't bother to say anything.


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    I rarely follow up interviews. If they want you they are going to call you back. I mean, if I applied for the position, I AM INTERESTED in working for them. I wouldn't think following up would mean anything less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey88 View Post
    Has anyone actually landed a job solely just by following up? I feel like if they liked you, you'll get a call back.
    For the job I have now, 45 minutes after I followed up I got the call and was offered the job. It is just an entry level technician role, so that may have something to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyOnTheWall View Post
    For the job I have now, 45 minutes after I followed up I got the call and was offered the job. It is just an entry level technician role, so that may have something to do with it.
    Oh, that guy. Yeah, I remember him. Sure, he can probably do the job. Good timing and as the saying goes, if you never ask, the answer is always "no".
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    Good responses here, already, but my basic plan is:

    1) Follow up to say thank you either later the same day, or the next morning maybe if it was an afternoon interview. I usually ask for business cards at the interview, that's an appropriate way to gather email addresses without seeming creepy. Send it to whatever addresses you have, and just include a line that says, "If this email didn't make it to everyone in the inteview process, please pass along my thanks to them as well."

    2) Follow up again right around the time frame they said they would be back in contact, maybe a day early even. Say something like, "I know you are coming up on a decision soon, just wanted to reach back out and see if you had any additional questions or reservations about my ability or experience that I could answer."

    Basically I am trying to maintain contact with them without applying pressure or seeming needy. Eager, but not annoying.
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    If you haven't yet had an interview, there can be some merit in a followup. If you already interviewed, there's no point. They know how to get a hold of you if they want to hire you.
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