By Eduardo Alonso-Leal, Specialist Senior, Career and Professional Development Services, ASU
Following up after an interview can set you apart as an applicant and reaffirm your interest in the position. Why wait to hear back from an employer after an interview? Communicating throughout the application process shows you are constantly doing your best to stand out from all the other candidates. Consider these quick tips for engaging with a potential employer after your meeting:
Within 24 hours: Say ‘Thank You’
Go to your local convenience store and stock up on some simple and professional thank you cards. Sending a personalized thank you card really shows that you appreciate the time that was taken to review your materials and conduct an interview with you. If you don't have the ability to draft up a personal note, show you appreciation through email to those that were part of your interview. This shows you were engaged in the interview process and look forward to hearing from them soon.
If you have yet to hear back from the employer you interviewed with, do not be afraid to reach out. After a week or two if you have not yet gotten a response, it is absolutely appropriate to “check-in”. Checking on your status, via email or phone, reminds the employer who you are and indicates your continued interest in the opening. Who knows – you might even be informed of more details about the hiring process, including administrative issues or unexpected circumstances that are prolonging the decision.
You could be completing multiple interviews in a relatively short period of time. If this is the case, keep an open line of communication with anyone who has made you an offer. This includes those you accept as well as decline. If you pursue a position elsewhere, respond to calls and emails by politely explaining the situation and thanking them for the opportunity. Most industries are smaller than you might assume, so avoid burning bridges and maintain a professional relationship with any employer you interact with. As soon as you know who you decide you’re giving your rose to, let your other suitors know.
For more information on how to decline opportunities respectfully, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for some one-on-one guidance.