Interview Follow Up Advice
When I work with job hunters, I always recommend asking the “What happens next questions?” It should include asking how many other candidates are being considered, how long it will take them to make a decision, what other additional interviews to expect and the ever important, “When would be good time me to check back with them?”
Following any interview I recommend sending a thank you email and a handwritten one within 24 hours of the interview. One arrives in their inbox right away. The other one gets there a few days later. In the notes, reiterate that you agreed to check in with them at the appropriate times. When you do that and call as agreed upon you show them you can make commitments and follow through on them. It also keeps you from wondering if you are calling to often or not often enough. “The guy told me to call ’em in two weeks and gosh darn it, I’m calling him in two weeks.” No one’s going to criticize you for doing that.
Hopefully the person will take your call and give you an honest update. They’ll tell you they are delayed because one of the interviewers got pulled into another project unexpectedly, one of their employees had a death in the family or even that things are running slower than expected.
In every single case, I recommend following through until you get hired or hear the dreaded “We hired someone else” message. And even in that case, you should ask with confidence if you can get some feedback in order to correct anything that cost you the job.
My wife was recently passed over for a position in a cruise travel booking department. When she asked them for feedback they told her that despite her considerable travel industry experience, they had other candidates with experience booking cruises using their same systems. She didn’t get the job, but she at least found out that it wasn’t because she failed the interview.
Hope this helps you with your job hunt.