How to follow up after an interview via email
How to follow up after an interview via email
- Address the recipient by their first name
- Express thanks and gratitude for their time and effort
- Reiterate your interest in the job and company
- Mention when you interviewed, the job title, and the job details
- Ask directly about the status and next steps
- Offer additional information (if needed)
- Close the email with your thanks and gratitude
- Make sure you proofread your email (or have someone else do it) (especially in your tone)
Every organization and employer is different. You might be in communication with the recruiter throughout the interview process. Or you might have communication with the hiring manager directly.
Regardless, it’s important to identify whom you’d like to follow up with directly. Make sure you’re spelling their name correctly. Then, express your gratitude and appreciation. While the hiring process may look simple, it’s not as easy as it seems. Depending on the company, it can take rounds of approvals and hoops to push a candidate through to the next step.
Once you’ve thanked the person for their time, it’s time to reiterate your interest. Mention both the job and company — and why you’re excited about the opportunity. Make sure you also mention when you interviewed and the exact job title. If you’re communicating with a recruiter, it’s likely they’re juggling multiple candidates and open positions.
Then, be direct. Ask about the status of the position you’ve interviewed for. Inquire about the next steps. You might offer additional information, like references, at this stage as well. Finally, close your email with another note of gratitude.
But before you hit send, pause. Has someone proofread this for you? Have you run the email through spellcheck or another grammar checker tool? What’s your overall tone? Are you still remaining positive? Or, if you’re coming off as frustrated, what edits can you make?
An example follow up email template
I’m following up to see if there are any updates regarding from my interview on . I’d like to reiterate my interest in the role and excitement for the opportunity. I’d be happy to provide references, at your request.
When to follow up after an interview
It can be tricky to figure out when to follow up after your interview. First, it’s important to ask questions throughout the hiring process to get a sense of the timeline. These questions (and real-time answers) can help guide you through when to send that follow-up email.
If you still haven’t heard from the company in 7-10 days, it’s probably safe to send a follow-up email. Make sure you double-check your tone and consider the work the team is juggling right now on top of hiring duties.
We know many companies are doing an incredible amount of hiring. And that means recruiters are really busy. You can consider asking the recruiter when it’s OK to follow up if you haven’t heard while you’re in communication with them.
But whatever you do, don’t pester. Sending multiple emails with no response can send the wrong message. You want to make sure that you’re interested but not annoying. A little patience can go a long way. Try to maintain a positive mindset and keep things in perspective.
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One day after your interview, you can send your first note. Send a quick email thanking the hiring manager for their time. Keep it short and sweet. Mention one specific thing about the interview or what you learned about their organization. Finally, mention how much you are looking forward to hearing from them. The thank-you note isn’t an opportunity to add more content to your interview. It’s just a chance to demonstrate your excitement and appreciation.
Thank you so much for your time yesterday and for giving me the chance to share my interest and qualifications for [job]. I particularly enjoyed learning about how your company has a training program for new employees that gives them an overview of different units and career paths.
I look forward to hearing from you.
If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager by the date they said they were going to make an offer, don’t send a note right away. It is possible that you weren’t the first choice for the job, but you’re still in the running. They may make an offer to someone else, and that person may not take the job. Give them a little time to work things out.
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Put a note on your calendar to follow up one week after that date if you still haven’t heard back. When that day comes, send a quick note — no more than three paragraphs — to the hiring manager you dealt with. The content should be similar to what you wrote for the thank-you note. Express your interest and excitement about the role. Say something positive about the organization and ask if there is any additional information you can provide that would be of use. Tell them you are looking forward to hearing back soon.
I wanted to follow up on my interview on [date] for [position]. I was wondering if you had news to share about the position. I enjoyed our discussion and getting to know more about [company]. Of the companies I have engaged with during my job search, I was particularly impressed by your commitment to training and development. I felt that this growth mindset was a good fit to my career aims.
Please let me know if there is any additional information I can provide. I am excited about the opportunity to work with you at [company].
The one time you can reach out in between the interview and the date the hiring manager gave you is if there is a significant change in your situation or portfolio. If you interview for your dream job and then get an offer from someone else before you hear back, you can write to let them know that you have another offer but that you really admire the company and its mission and are hoping to hear from them before deciding. Or perhaps you have written an article or submitted a patent application relevant to the job you applied for. If the article is accepted for publication or the patent is granted, you can share that news because it might influence the discussions about your application.
I wanted to follow up with you on my interview on [date] for [position]. Since we had a chance to talk, I received a job offer from another firm. However, your role as a leader in the field of [area], along with your commitment to developing the careers of your employees, is impressive, and I am excited about the prospect of working with you. If you have news about the position, I would like to know as I evaluate the offer I am considering.
If you feel like the interview went well, but you aren’t offered the job, you can send one additional note to ask for feedback on the interview. Again, you want to be brief. Thank the interviewer once again for their time. Say that you enjoyed the interview process and would like to get some constructive feedback on what you can do better in the future to improve your chances of getting a job.
Not all recruiters will take the time to give you that feedback, but often you may get a specific tip that can improve your chances on the next round — and who knows, it could lead to a different job offer down the line. In fact, my oldest son once reached out to get some feedback after being denied an offer and it turned into a job offer for another position the firm was about to post.
I was disappointed to learn that I did not get an offer following my interview on [date]. I enjoyed our conversation and am impressed with the work that [company] does. Because I am new to the job search, I was hoping you could give me some feedback on my interview. I would like to ensure that I present myself as effectively as possible in the future. Any suggestions you could give me would be appreciated.
Finally, remember that job hunting is exhausting. It takes a lot of energy. And it may take longer to get a job than you hoped or expected. It’s normal to be restless and tempted to send notes to hiring managers, even if it’s just to feel like you’re doing something. Unfortunately, those notes are not going to help you to get the job. So try your best to channel that energy into something else productive. Volunteer, sign up for networking events, apply to more jobs. Any one of those activities is a good outlet for your energy and is likely to lead to greater opportunities down the line.