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How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview

How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview: Young Female Professional at a Job Interview.

The job application process can be nerve-wracking. After all, you’ve put in the hard work to craft the perfect resume and nailed the interview. Now what?

Following up is the final touch that can make your job application shine! It shows your continued interest and enthusiasm, setting you apart from other candidates and giving you a chance to make a lasting impression. Whether you’re checking in after submitting your application or thanking your interviewer for their time, a thoughtful follow-up can go a long way in showing your professionalism and enthusiasm.

Here’s our personalized guide to following up after each stage of your job application journey.

After Submitting a Job Application 

Why Should You Follow Up? 

Following up after submitting a job application can: 

  • Reaffirm your enthusiasm for the role. 
  • Ensure your application was received. 
  • Show your proactive approach. 

When Should You Follow Up? 

Give it about one to two weeks before reaching out. 

How Should You Follow Up? 

  • Email: Professional and non-intrusive. 
  • Phone Call: Direct and may yield immediate feedback. 

Example email: 

How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview: After applying example email

After a Job Interview 

Why Should You Follow Up? 

 Following up after an interview can: 

  • Reaffirm your interest in the role and the company. 
  • Provide a chance to highlight why you’re a perfect fit. 
  • Address any points you might have missed during the interview. 
  • Highlights key points from the interview, keeping you fresh in the interviewer’s mind.  

When Should You Follow Up? 

Send a thank-you email within 24 to 48 hours after your interview.  

How Should You Follow Up? 

 Email: Timely and professional. 

Example email: 

How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview: After interview example email

When There’s No Response

Why Should You Follow Up?

Following up when there’s no response can:

  • Demonstrate your persistence and interest.
  • Prompt a response from the hiring manager.

When Should You Follow Up?

Wait about one week after your initial follow-up email before reaching out again to give the interviewer enough time to review other candidates and make a decision.

How Should You Follow Up?

  • Email: Professional and less intrusive.
  • Phone Call: If emails aren’t getting responses, a phone call might be more effective.

Example email: 

How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview: No Response example email

Connecting on LinkedIn

Why Connect on LinkedIn?

Connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn can:

  • Keep you visible and top-of-mind.
  • Allow you to stay updated on company news and job openings.
  • Provide a platform to showcase your professional brand.

When to Connect?

After submitting your application or following an interview.

How to Connect?

Send a personalized connection request or a LinkedIn InMail if possible.

Example email: 

How to Follow Up After a Job Application or Interview: LinkedIn Connect example email

Tips for Effective Follow-Up

  • Be Polite and Professional: Always use a courteous tone.
  • Be Concise: Keep your follow-up communications brief and to the point.
  • Include Relevant Details: Mention specific aspects of the job or interview that stood out to you.
  • Proofread: Ensure there are no errors in your communication.
  • Respect Their Time: If you don’t receive a response after two follow-ups, consider moving on and continuing your job search.

Remember that the examples provided here are just that—examples. While they offer a solid foundation for your follow-up communications, it’s important to personalize your messages to align with the specific position and company you’re applying to. Tailoring your approach demonstrates your attention to detail and genuine interest in the role, increasing your chances of making a lasting impression on hiring managers and/or recruiters.

A well-timed and thoughtful follow-up can significantly impact your job search success. It’s a way to show your dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm for the role, helping you stand out from other candidates. Keep these tips in mind and good luck with your job search!

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