Waiting for an Update After an Interview? Here Are Tips for Proactively Reaching Out to an Interviewer

After finishing an interview and sending your thank-you note, it can be hard to wait for an answer. You need to know what your next steps are and when you might receive a job offer by. Be sure to schedule time to follow up with the person who said they would be in touch, so you stay in the loop as much as possible.

Implement these tips to follow up after an interview.

Wait Until After the Deadline

If the deadline for hearing back from the person has passed, send a follow-up email to check the status of the position. Remind the person of your name, the date you interviewed, and the job title. Mention when the hiring manager is expected to make a decision, how the deadline has passed, and that you are following up. If you saw the company mentioned in the news, such as for a recent award, or you have relevant information to share, like a professional certification you recently earned, include it. Share that you are still interested in the position and hope to hear back soon. Keep your message concise.

Example of an Initial Follow-Up Email

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name], I hope your week is going well. I interviewed for the [job title] position on [interview date]. You mentioned your team would be finalizing a hiring decision this week. Could you please provide me with an update? If you need additional information from me, please let me know.

Thank you so much.

Best, [Your Name]

Tailor Your Frequency of Follow-Ups

Wait for the person to respond before following up again. They may let you know they are interviewing candidates for a few more weeks or. Or, the hiring manager may be analyzing the budget to see whether they can accommodate a salary negotiation. Schedule your next follow-up accordingly.

Example of a Second Follow-Up Email

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I just wanted to follow up on my previous email (below). Do you have any updates to share regarding the [job title] position? Please let me know whenever you have time if I am still in the running for the role. Thank you.

Best, [Your Name]

Follow Up in Another Week

If you don’t hear back from the person, follow up in another week. Include information similar to what you wrote in your first email. If you receive no response, send an email to an HR professional or other leader in the company. If you still do not hear anything after a week, let it go. Continue to seek other opportunities.

Example of a Second Follow-Up Email

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name], I just wanted to follow up on my previous email (below). Do you have any updates to share regarding the [job title] position? Please let me know whenever you have time if I am still in the running for the role.

Thank you.

Best, [Your Name]

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