Should You Send A Follow-up Email After Your Interview?



Confidence, qualifications, experience and attitude are the main things that make an impression during a job interview. 



These days, there are so many people “perfect for the job” so you need to go the extra mile in order to make yourself stand out. Because that’s how you’re going to get the job (if you meet all the other requirements, of course).

One way to make sure the interviewer doesn’t forget about you is by sending a follow-up email after the interview.  

Why would it be beneficial to the recruitment process?

When you take the initiative to reach out to your interviewer after the fact, it confirms your interest in the position. And, aside from them benefitting, you are able to get peace of mind and one last shot to qualify yourself for the position.

By sending a follow-up email, you save yourself from refreshing your emails every 10 minutes for the next two weeks. You can send an email to which they should have something to say and then you, appropriately, move on with your life. Give yourself the peace of mind and closure of initiating the after-interview conversation.

Not many companies will contact you if you don’t end up getting the job and they sometimes take their time to contact you even if you did, in fact, get the job.

That’s why it’s best to send a follow-up email yourself and there’s really no harm in doing so when following good email etiquette. It’s quite the opposite, actually, considering that in this email you have another chance to humbly remind them of your strengths and touch on discussions you had in the interview and have given more thought to. It will definitely show the interviewer that you’re eager to join the company and make a difference.

What should you be saying?

Now, what should you be saying in this email? Well, first of all, you should say “thank you”. Thank them for the opportunity to be considered for the position and thank them for their valuable time. Be positive about how everything went when you refer to the interview and show your appreciation.

In this email, you should also mention a few very specific things to keep it relevant to the interview and purpose of conversation. These things include the job title that you interviewed for, the name of the company, addressing a specific thought or concern that was brought up during the interview, inviting them to ask you any more questions, another thank you, and letting them know that you look forward to hearing back from them.

These might seem like smallish details, but it’s everything the interviewer needs to hear from you to remember the details of your interview that favours all the reasons why they should hire you.

What about the subject line?

When it comes to good netiquette, you need to think carefully about your subject line. It needs to be directly related to what the email is about and for. Don’t make it too long or they might think it’s spam before they even read it. Keep it short, simple and to the point.  

The subject line of your thank you email can be something along the lines of “Thank you - first name last name, job title”. You don’t need anything more and if you want to make it shorter, simply have “thank you” followed by the job title you interviewed for.

General email etiquette rules to follow

You definitely shouldn't send a follow-up email, however, if you don’t follow the rules of email etiquette. So, what is email etiquette? It’s a set of rules and mannerisms that should and should not be included in business emails to keep it purposeful and, more importantly, professional. If you are able to display appropriate email etiquette from your application and follow-up emails, it could easily be the cherry on top that gets you hired.

With regards to your follow-up thank you email, these are the etiquette practices you should adhere to:

  • Refrain from using slang or shortcut-words when communicating via email.
  • Don’t capitalise words unless they are referring to an official acronym.
  • Make sure your grammar is correct so as not to cause any misunderstandings.
  • Always proofread your email before you send.
  • Ensure you are, in fact, sending your email to the correct person and have spelt their name (within the email itself) correctly.
  • Sign off your email appropriately with “Regards” or “Sincerely” followed by your full name.

When is an appropriate time to press send?

When you send your thank you email, there are no rules against sending the email immediately afterwards. You should at least wait until you’re out of their building and back home though. For a general follow-up email to try and hear back from them, the appropriate time to press send would depend on how the interview went and what was said.

If the interviewer gave you a timeline of when you should hear back from them, allow them that time period and email them the day after if you haven’t yet heard anything. If there were no timeline guidelines given by them, you can give them about a week before you follow-up and remind them how perfect you are for the position.




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