Many people wonder if or when they should follow up with employers or is it okay to follow up with employers to see whether or not you got an interview or the position you tried out for. It is always a nervous task to accomplish, because you don’t want to come off as annoying, so here are some few tips to go about following up with employers:
Following up with employers is a good thing to do; it shows the employers that you are concerned about that position or your standing.
How to follow up after submitting your resume:
You have sent a resume to a company that you’d like an interview with, but you haven’t heard from them right away. What should you do next? You can either wait patiently, presuming that the employer will contact you if they are interested, or you can choose to follow-up with the employer, unless stated otherwise by the employer.
If you don’t hear back from them within two weeks, it may be beneficial and wise for you to follow-up. Employers and recruiters may prefer follow-ups by email. If no email address is listed, try sending a note or calling, just to find out if they received all of your application materials and if they need anything else. Reiterate that you are very interested in the position.
Remember, to always keep it professional!
How to follow up after an interview:
When you are selected for a job interview, it means that you’re a serious contender for the job or position. After the interview, it’s important to follow up with the hiring manager or the person whom you had your interview with. The most important step you can take to follow up after a job interview is to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and to reiterate your interest in the position. Writing a “thank you” letter is very professional and it shows how grateful you are to be able to interview for that job.
If you have time during or after the interview, collect business cards or information from those you had an interview with. That way, you’ll have contact information, making it easy to follow up.
Important note: Don’t forget to proofread what you wrote in the thank you letter! It’s very important to be professional and error free. Also a follow up letter is a chance to tell the employer any last minute details that you weren’t able to say in the interview, now is your chance.
Following up, will never be easy, but going the extra step and preparing for it and actually doing a follow up will pay off. So gather your courage and contact information and follow up with employers!
If you have any questions, please call us at Career Services!
Posted by Hulali Kaapana, Career Services Assistant