FOLLOW UP AFTER THE INTERVIEW
THANK YOU NOTES
Within 24 hours of the interview, you should send a thank you note to the interviewer. Thank you notes
are important for the following reasons:
If you remember something that you really wanted to say in the interview, but didn’t, here is your
chance to convey that information.
The extra time and effort you take to write the note illustrates that you are sincerely interested in the
The note shows you are willing to put in extra effort.
The note demonstrates you are willing to follow through with a task.
If you and another candidate are very similar in experience and skills, the thank you note may give
you an edge over the other candidate (especially if that person did not send a thank you note).
If you have neat handwriting, then hand write the note. Otherwise, it is ok to type the note.
The note should be done on good quality paper.
Be short and to the point.
Express appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the position of . I enjoyed our meeting on (the date
of the interview).
The position sounds very interesting. I feel that my skills and experience in would enable me to
do the job well. I was impressed with (maybe equipment, technology, employees, etc.).
After the interview, I realized that I had forgotten to mention .
If you have any additional questions, you can contact me at (your phone number). Thank you again for
the opportunity to discuss this position with you.
Typed name (only if you have typed the note)
PHONE FOLLOW UP
One week after the interview (or later if the interviewer indicated when the decision would be made) call
the employer and ask if a decision has been made. If a final decision has not been made yet, ask if you are still
under consideration for the position. Point out again your interest in the position. Let the employer know that
you are willing to answer any additional questions.
If you find out that you have not gotten the job, try to find out why. Be very courteous when you ask the
questions. It may be that you were up against someone who had far more experience than you. Ask if there
was anything in the interview that you could have done better. You might also ask the interviewer if he or she
can think of anyone else who may be able to use someone with your skills (maybe another department or
If you are offered the job, make sure to find out any additional information you will need in order to
make an informed, reasoned decision.