The Art of the Follow-Up

The Art of the Follow-Up

James Long


Director of Client Services, Acclivity Healthcare

Congratulations! You aced your job interview! Now all you have to do is to wait for that job offer to roll in. But you’re not done yet! The first thing you should do after you finish a job interview is to write a thank-you note to each and every person who took the time to interview you. But where to start?

There are two types of standard thank-you note formats that most professionals deem as acceptable:

  • An informal note, hand-written in the same color as your resume
  • An e-mailed thank-you note

No matter which type of thank-you note you decide to write, it’s important to be sincere, yet brief. Try something like this:

Dear _______,

Thank you very much for the interview today. In reviewing the opportunity with [name of company], I am very eager to start. You won’t find anyone who wants to work with you more than I do. Thanks again for your time.

Sincerely,

[your name]

And remember to always read through your thank you note before you send it. A spelling or grammar error at this point may do more harm than good.

After you’ve sent your thank-you note, you should then follow up with an email, but good timing is an important factor. If you were told that they’d be making a decision on Friday, then it’s perfectly acceptable to follow up with an email several days after the deadline. Your goal is to be courteous and enthusiastic, not annoying. One email is enough. Try something like this:

Good Morning John,

I really enjoyed my interview with you and the opportunity to learn more about your company! Please know that I am very interested in this opportunity with [name of company]. Please call or e-mail me with an update at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Mike Franks

These follow-up methods are critical to setting yourself apart from other job seekers and closing the deal on your interview process. If you don’t take the time to do these things, your competitors will! The combination of your skills and experience, followed by the courtesy of the thank-you note should put you in the perfect position to close the deal on your dream job! Good luck!