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After the Job Interview: 5 Tips for Following up
You may have made it through the stressful part of the interview, but the process is not complete when you walk out the door. What you do and say after the interview is just as important as during the interview.

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Even after your interview is over, there are steps you can take to follow up and impress a potential employer. Here are 5 ways to make sure your follow-up strategy leaves a positive impression.

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Sooner is Better

Don’t wait too long to follow up with the interviewer after the interview. Experts recommend following up within 24 hours of the interview.

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Splurge on the Good ‘Thank You’ Paper

If you decide to send a hand-written thank-you note, make sure your handwriting is legible and invest in high-quality paper.

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Keep it Short

Keep the follow-up note brief, no more than three paragraphs. Use the first paragraph to thank the interviewer for his or her time and in the second paragraph reiterate your strengths and what you bring to the position and company. The third paragraph is your opportunity to share any information or experience that weren’t touched upon during the interview. Be sure to include your contact information at the end. Be sure not to repeat yourself in your note, keep a serious tone (no emoticons or exclamations points)

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Double Check Name Spellings

Nothing shows recklessness than getting the name, title or address of the company wrong in your follow-up note. Write the note slowly, re-read it for grammar and spelling mistakes before sending it off. Don’t give an employer any doubt not to hire you.

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They’ll Call You

Hiring managers will often indicate a timeframe in which they will contact you regarding the next step of the hiring process at the end of the interview. If the interview is wrapping up and they don’t provide a time frame, feel free to ask for one. If not, you can ask them in your initial follow-up email. Only call if this timeframe has passed.

After the Job Interview: 5 Tips for Following up

You may have made it through the stressful part of the interview, but the process is not complete when you walk out the door. What you do and say after the interview is just as important as during the interview.

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