How to stop being afraid of the followup
They’ve said they’d be in touch, but should you give them a shout in the meantime?
Knowing how to follow up after an interview can be key to determining if you progress on to the next step in the hiring process.
If you’re not the most assertive person, you may be afraid to reach out post-interview. Here are some important steps to follow that can help make the process less intimidating. Organize details Often job descriptions will outline how or if they would like you to follow up.
Some jobs will state that only qualified applicants will be contacted, and will strictly outline not to follow up. Make sure you make note of these things as you are sending out applications.
Once you have sent out a followup, make sure to make note of a response you receive. This will be crucial in knowing when to follow up again, or knowing the job status. There is nothing worse than following up when you’ve already heard that a position is closed. Follow up with the appropriate person Just as when you apply for a job, it’s important that your followup be directed to the right person.
If you applied to a general HR email, you can try following up to that email, but chances are you won’t hear back.
Try to find the person in charge of hiring for that particular position.
If you apply via LinkedIn, often you will be able to see who posted the job, and that will help identify the right per-
son with whom to follow up. Know the platform How should you be following up?
If a position specifically states “No phone calls,” follow up with an email.
Email is generally a safer and less invasive bet anyway, as it allows for the hiring manager to reply back in their own time — and avoids creating an awkward situation.
You don’t want to catch someone off-guard or annoy them by not following instructions that were clearly laid out in the first place.
If you have a more casual relationship with someone involved in the hiring process (but not the key decision-maker), you may want to consider using a social media platform (like Twitter) to touch base. Let it be and give it time There is a fine line between following up and annoying human resources by being too persistent.
You’ll definitely be contacted if you are a promising candidate, so imagine your followup as simply a confirmation of interest and an opportunity to (hopefully) gain more information about your application status in the process.
If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager, don’t take it personally.
While you may be disappointed that your carefullycrafted application didn’t get a response, letting go of your disappointment is the only way to move forward.
Refreshing your inbox repeatedly is only going to result in frustration. If the position is taken down and you still haven’t heard back after a few weeks, it’s safe to say they are not interested.