Following Up After Applying for a New Job & After an Interview

How often have you applied for a job, attended an interview, and simply never heard back? Unfortunately, those who are trained to follow up with applicants do not do so, simply due to the fact that they run out of time. Following up yourself is a great way to show the hiring manager that you are eager, as well as to find out where you went wrong if you did not end up getting the job.

Follow these simple tips to following up the right way:

After you apply:

  1. Make a record of when the interview was. If you are applying for number jobs and attending numerous interviews, consider keeping a spreadsheet of each company, the position you applied for, the date of the interview, and a few notes on how you felt the interview went.
  2. As a general rule of thumb, if it has been less than a week and a half, leave it alone. If it has been a week and a half exactly, this would be a good time to send a quick note. Opt for a short, friendly, but professional email.
  3. Once you hit two weeks and you have still not heard back, follow up again with a quick phone call. Be respectful of their time by keeping it brief while explaining who you are, why you feel you would be best for the job, and reiterate your interest. Perhaps this may be the push they need to invite you for an interview.

After an interview:

  1. After 24 hours, send an email follow-up to the hiring manager. Why so soon? Because you are still fresh in their minds!
  2. Tripe check your grammar and spelling, keep it professional, and keep it short. The goal is to simply sell yourself and why you would be the right candidate.
  3. If you have not heard back within a week, give the hiring manager a call. Perhaps their decision is taking longer than usual, or they are still interviewing other people, so consider asking for a timeline and letting them know this job is your first choice.
  4. Unless the job posting specifically mentions a longer timeframe, if you have not heard back in over a week, generally you can take that as a sign to explore other options.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your dream job! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find jobs close to your business.

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