Send a thank-you e-mail within 24 hours. Handwritten notes are increasingly optional but may stand out as a result, says Rassas. If you do send a card, mail it ASAP so it arrives within 72 hours. Include your full name and e-mail so you’re easy to find.
say more than thanks
Acting quickly doesn’t mean sending a generic e-mail, Sherbin adds. Mention a few topics that you discussed during the process to show that you were listening, and say that you’ll follow up shortly if you were asked to do so.
Win the Waiting game
Employers can take days—or months— to decide. Ask about the timeline at the end of your interview, Ghosn says, and follow up a week later, maybe including some fresh ideas. (Avoid hectic times like Friday afternoon and Monday morning.) Don’t e-mail more than once a week, and stop after three unanswered messages.
don’t shuffle OFF in shame
Much more goes in to hiring—the mix of people on a team, salary needs—than can be seen from your side of the table. So if an interview doesn’t work out, don’t despair. Politely ask for feedback, and ID skills you can add or play up next time. Then ask the interviewer or humanresources rep if you can stay in touch. If so, let her know you’d love to be considered for other roles, whether with her organization or others she might hear of. “Recruiters ask one another for recommendations all the time,” Sherbin says.