When should you follow up a job interview?

Regardless of the length of your career, job interviews are always intense and stressful. As such, it is all about remaining as calm and engaged as possible, highlighting your most valuable skills and traits to the potential employer.

However, once the interview is over and you have exchanged pleasantries with the recruitment team, what do you do then? Is it more appropriate to wait for communication back from the business, or should you take the lead and reach out to them? This is quite a delicate balance, so it is important that you take the right path.

Read on to find out how to approach the post job interview phase.

1) Send a thank you email

Only follow up to an interview if directed to.Only follow up to an interview if directed to.

One of the first things that you should do after an interview is send a thank you email. While it doesn't have to be essay-length, it should thank the recruiting team for taking time out of their day to speak to you. As well as this, it should reaffirm your interest in the position and how you look forward to speaking with them again.

If an employer is interviewing several parties, this email could put your application head and shoulders above the competition.

2) Follow their instructions 

While it is normal to feel anxious and nervous about getting the result of the interview, it is important to be patient and follow the instructions outlined by the recruiter. They could suggest that you only contact them via email, not by phone or vice versa. 

Additionally, recruiters might indicate that the entire process will take at least two weeks, for example. As such, it would be wise to respect the timeframe and only follow up on your application if you are following the correct protocol. 

3) Appreciate the process

It could be the case that you won't get a call or email back regarding your application.

It could be the case that you won't get a call or email back regarding your application. However, this doesn't offer an excuse to constantly attempt to contact the recruiter for reasoning or an explanation of the situation. If you haven't heard back and the business has indicated that only successful candidates would be contacted, this is sign that you didn't get the job.

As with all bad news, there is a silver lining and in the world of recruitment, there is always another position to apply for.

If you would like more information about finding a quality job in the hospitality, cooking or event management sectors, contact the team at Kenvale College today.

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