Apply the Appropriate Follow Up after the Job Interview

Howard Braithwaite is Executive Recruiter at CyberCoders ( In this video he discusses applying the appropriate follow up after the job interview.

  1. A follow-up is an absolute must
  2. Differentiate & personalize your follow-up
  3. Base the letter's length on interviewer & time spent together
  4. Timing is essential for follow-up
  5. Gifts can be special & effective follow-up

Just to correct the introduction, you've just done your job interview, you might have met with one person, you might have met a half a dozen people and these people could be your direct potential hiring manager. He might even be the company CEO. The most important thing really to take from these experiences is you have to have some follow up.

So many people leave this process and hope something is going to happen. You got to take control. A good way to do this is definitely to follow up with perhaps a follow up e-mail or follow letter to the people that you met with. Make it personalized, make it very sincere, but also know your audience. Remember about the content that you discussed in that interview.

I'm sure the things that you may have discussed with one person might have been different with others. So when you make that follow up letter, follow up e-mail, try and cover some of the points that you guys discussed in that interview process. Sometimes, you know, a follow up to a CEO if it is only a 5 minute conversation or if it is a 30 minute conversation, it only needs to be short and concise.

For other people, you might want to talk about more about the actual roles and the responsibilities and why you're a good fit for that position. But more importantly, again, the follow up is important because it keeps that momentum, keeps that excitement, keeps the wheels going forward and it ensures that communication is being kept consistent.

Obviously, it's very important to follow up in a good space of time. Recommended for that is certainly within the first 24 to 48 hours, again, to keep the people in mind that you're interested and excited about this position. In certain cases, in certain situations, you may want to consider how and what that follow up is for the different person. An example being, a follow up e-mail to perhaps a future colleague or a future team manager might be appropriate.

And then certainly, in other cases or other people, you might want to consider maybe a bottle of wine, maybe a thank you basket, you know, to other people as well. It's all about creating the right impression, and again, knowing who the audience is will definitely help you achieve those goals.