- What is the next step in the interview process?
- Will you be contacted even if you’re not selected for the second or in person interview?
- When does the company hope to fill the position and have the new employee begin work?
So you’ve had the interview, you asked the questions…now what?
If you had a phone screen conversation, it’s perfectly acceptable to touch base within 24 hours, but shoot for immediately after, via email. Send a short memo thanking the person for their time, touching on specific topics mentioned during the phone interview. Here’s an example:
Good Afternoon, Bob,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about Bob’s Diner and the Dining Room Manager position. After our conversation about the restaurant’s new menu roll out, I’m even more excited about the opportunity to join your team. Again, thank you for taking the time to speak with me this morning. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
If you had an in person interview, it’s time to break out the old-school thank you cards. Plan to write a tailored message for each person with whom you interviewed during your visit. The message doesn’t have to be long, but it should be specific to the person and each card should vary slightly.
Thanks for speaking with me on Thursday about the Kitchen Manager position at Beachside Diner. It was terrific to meet you, and the position sounds very close to my background and interests. I’m looking forward to our next conversation. I’m happy to provide any more information you may need. Have a great rest of the week.
If a potential employer emails or calls to say they’ve chosen someone else for the position, it will still serve you well to follow-up with an email anyway. Keep the lines of communication open if you still have interest in joining the company in the future. A short note to the hiring manager may just get you in the door for the next opening:
I appreciate you taking the time to update me on the Community Liaison position with Oceanfront Resort Hotel. While I may not have been selected for this opening within the company, I invite you to keep my contact information and resume on hand for any future openings for which I may be a better fit. Thank you again for your time and consideration during the interview process.
The post interview process can sometimes be more nerve racking than preparing for the interview itself. Remain appreciative of the manager’s time and follow up with a sincere thank you to set yourself apart from the candidate who may be as equally qualified.