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Follow-Up Tips

Next Day

Immediately send a thank you note to each person who interviewed you. They may be meeting with a long list of candidates, so it’s best to make contact while they still remember you. Keep it brief, but consider the following:

  • Reference something you discussed in the meeting. Again, you want them to remember you, so this might help make a stronger connection.
  • Clarify any questions you stumbled on during the interview. If you forgot to bring up a relevant certification, for example, this is a good time to mention it.
  • Express appreciation for their time and consideration. The interview process can be labor and resource intensive. This is a good time to show your gratitude and reinforce your interest in the position.

Written correspondence (i.e., physically mailing a letter) is rare these days, but is appropriate if a longer hiring timeline has been given. If your correspondence with the company has been primarily via email, it’s okay to send a thank you note via email.

Next Week

If you haven’t heard anything within the employer’s given timeline, wait a week after the interview, and then send an email to follow-up on the process. Keep it brief, thank them again, and express your interest. It is possible to overdo it and pester employers, so if you still don’t get a response let it go and move on with your search.

Remember, you don’t have the job until you’ve signed a written offer letter. Keep looking for positions and applying for jobs. Don’t stop your search, even if the interview went well and you assume the job is yours.