Act Fast!

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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.

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