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What should you do AFTER the interview?
16/08/2018

Waiting around after the interview can feel like a lifetime when you’re desperate for a response. Equally it’s likely you’re running through the interview in your head over and over again thinking of things you wished you had (or hadn’t!) said.

Once you’ve stepped out of that interview room, knowing it's out of your hands from here on in can be a pretty scary concept. BUT - there is one thing left to give you that final little bit of control, and that is send a follow up email. 

It’s often forgotten, but it is your final chance to impress them, so take it! Not sure what to write? Here are our tips on how to write the perfect follow up email:

Act Fast
This person is looking to employ you, and you’ve probably spent the interview telling them that you are a go-getter, very motivated and efficient… so demonstrate it by being prompt with your email! Plus, a bonus of sending the email shortly after the interview is that you remember all the things you spoke about so it’s going to be easier to call upon the important points - and a few inside jokes always help!

Don’t Ask Questions
It’s likely you are one of a number of candidates so your interviewer will probably be snowed under in the midst of the recruitment process, so you don’t want to bombard them with irrelevant questions that they don’t have time to answer just because you feel like you should ‘look keen’. If you have burning, and relevant questions then include them but otherwise avoid it. The premise of your follow up email should be a thank you, don’t give your interviewer more work than they already have. 

Show enthusiasm - and be honest!

Open your email by saying thanks - again, this is the main purpose of the email. You then want to follow this up with how excited you are by the prospect of working with them. It can be easy for your enthusiasm to get a little bit lost in the interview because you’re concentrating on answering questions and ultimately not messing up… but now you’ve got the chance to tell them exactly why you want the role. But, it’s important to not sound to generic, in the same way you would personalise an application letter, your follow up email should be personal too. It’s easy to do, just pick something that you discussed that really sold the role to you - and tell them about it!

Make it personal

Did you share a common interest with the interviewer? Did you mention something you wished you could’ve showed them or expanded on? Now is your chance to follow up on those opportunities. Send them a link to the restaurant you suggested they might like, or a piece of work you mentioned that you didn’t have to hand. These little things will show your personality, and help them remember your interview and why they liked you.

Make yourself contactable
If you haven’t already, make sure the interviewer has your mobile number and connect with them on social media. That way, whilst they are still making decisions your profile is appearing on their feed daily so you are still at the forefront of their mind. Include these details within the email, as it is often missed if it is just in your footer. 

Follow up emails can’t change what happened in the interview, but it never hurts your chances. It keeps you looking professional, and shows you really care about the job. Ultimately, it’s just a nice touch that the interviewer will appreciate!

Hopefully the interview went well, and if so, you might appreciate our ‘The First 30 Days of a New Job’ blog!

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