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Follow-up Process

The follow-up process is full of “do’s” & “don’ts” … We have listed a few of them for you:

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Do ask at the end of the interview when the employer expects to make the hiring decision.

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Don’t ever have any errors (misspellings or typos) in your thank you letters.

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Do be patient. The hiring process often takes longer than the employer expects.

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Do be proactive and consider follow-up with your recruitment representative.  Follow-up can give you just the edge you need to get the job offer over others who interviewed for the position.

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Do continue following-up, especially if the employer asks you to. Remember the adage about the squeaky wheel getting the oil. Just don’t go overboard and annoy or bother the employer.

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Don’t burn any bridges if you do not get a job offer. And do try and turn the situation into a positive by bringing the interviewer(s) into your network, possibly even asking them for referrals to other contacts

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Don’t place too much importance on one job or one interview; there will be other opportunities for you.

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Do use other job offers as leverage in your follow-up — to get the offer you really want.

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Do alert your references — if you have not done so already — that they may be getting a phone call from the employer.

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Do obtain the correct titles and names of all the people who interviewed you. (Ideally, do get each person’s business card.)

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Do use these follow-up techniques to continue to show your enthusiasm and desire for the position, but don’t make it seem as though you are desperate.

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Don’t stop job-hunting, even if you feel confident that you will get a job offer. Do continue to interview and attempt to find other opportunities.

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Do follow-up with a telephone call to the recruitment representative within a week to ten days (or sooner, if the employer had a shorter timetable) to ask about the position. And do continue to build rapport and sell your strengths during the phone call.

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