The Follow Up to the Interview

So you’ve just had an interview. It went really well, but you know there’s a ton of people they’re interviewing. What if he forgets just how good your interview was? Or someone else comes in and does just as well, but because they’re later the interviewer remembers them better? What’s the proper move here?

The obvious move is a well thought out and personalized thank you letter. If you don’t write a thank you e-mail/letter, you’re just asking to get passed over. Here’s a few pointers.

1. Personalize it. Reference topics and points that you went over with the interviewer and stress how you found it beneficial. If you discovered a personal connection with that person, throw that in there (subtly). By personalizing it you’re showing the interviewer that you pay attention to detail, that you have good memory, and you’re not just sending them the same letter you send to every other potential employer.

2. Don’t overdo it. This is probably the toughest part. You need to personalize it, but don’t go too far. If you take it too far and start diving into unprofessional territory it could bite you. What is overdoing it? Well first of all, don’t leave a thank you call, send a thank you e-mail, and then follow up with annoying e-mails asking for status updates on the selection process. Keep it professional, even if they made you seem like it’s ok to be relaxed with them. And for the love of everything good, use proper english, grammar, and NO SMILEYS/EMOTICONS.

3. One and done. Send one thank you note, whether by e-mail or through a phone call. Be really careful when doing it by phone. It’s much easier to express your thoughts through e-mail so it’s the safer bet until you become a little more comfortable. Then maybe try out a phone call and see how that goes, but honestly I would argue that you stand to gain nothing from making the thank you by phone (compared to e-mail) unless this is someone you’ve known previously. Then a phone call is appropriate.

But seriously. Don’t send an e-mail and then try and call as well. Being too persistent will make you seem either desperate or annoying, neither of which is good for you.

4. Hopefully at the end of your interview they said when you can expect to hear from them. If not, you should’ve asked.  If you haven’t heard back 48 hours after they said you would, go ahead and send an e-mail re-expressing your interest and asking for a timeline on when you can expect their decision. Remember that it’s on their timeline, so don’t be rude and seem like you’re annoyed with how long they’re taking.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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