You aced your interview and ended it on a high note. You wait eagerly for a reply and keep on refreshing your email. But often, the hiring manager is not on the same page. They are busy with meetings and interviewing other candidates.
Here’s how to figure out when you should contact the hiring manager for a follow up after interview:
Decide to follow up
It is always a question of WHEN and not IF.
Following up in a respectful way is important in showing that you are interested. It also helps you in establishing your communication skills.
Wait for some time
There is no official directive on how long you should wait for a follow up after an interview but an informal poll on Facebook was conducted on the same and following are the results-
Recruiters: How long should candidates wait before following up on a job interview?
- 48% – 5 days
- 39% – 7 days
- 11% – 2 weeks
- 2% – don’t follow up
The follow up interval will depend on the company and it’s working atmosphere. According to popular opinion, 1 full working week is the minimum time you should wait before sending out follow up emails.
One of the major benefits of technology is that the employers can screen applicants through phone interviews. In order to save precious time and effort, most hiring managers prefer to conduct a telephonic interview beforehand to judge your capabilities.
No employer would think of hiring a person who is not even aware of the job description.
Employers prefer calling interviewees out of the blue to catch them off guard. You will be presenting a true picture of yourself.
Here are a few tips on how to face a telephonic interview well and cement your position in the company:
BEFORE THE PHONE INTERVIEW
- Ensure that you answer your phone yourself or have a professional voicemail ready
- Unscheduled calls never work towards your benefit so try and schedule another time to talk.
- Thoroughly research the company so that you are able to state the company’s key markets, figures and strategy.
- Prepare some questions. This trick can make or break the interview.
- Create an environment in which both the sides are comfortable and relaxed. Shut out distractions and eliminate background noise that might disturb you.
- Don’t over think as you will start using a lot of conversational fillers.
DURING THE PHONE INTERVIEW
- Be a good listener and take notes so that you are able to respond to his queries and address the points put forward by him.
- The leitmotif of a successful interview is finding common things and elaborating on them. This helps in forming a bond with your future boss.
- Our impression in a telephonic interview depends solely on our voice and how we project ourselves verbally. Drink lots of water and do some voice exercises before the call.
- Smile as you speak. It has a profound effect on your voice and mindset.
- Think of it as a friendly but official chat. Use official language and vocabulary to communicate.
- Create a positive ending. It leaves a good lasting impression.
AFTER THE PHONE INTERVIEW
- Send a brief thank-you note. Stress on your interest in the company and your desire to take things to the next level.
- Be patient as it is not necessary to get an immediate reply email to your thank-you note. Do not send more than 1-2 of these follow-up messages.
- Face reality and accept that maybe this was not for you. Everyone faces rejection before landing his or her perfect job.