“Let’s wait and see what happens.”
“I don’t wanna ruin an opportunity.”
“I don’t wanna bother the hiring manager, what will he think?”
These are some of the most common responses we get when our career experts advise candidates to follow up with a potential recruiter about a job they interviewed for. We can all be guilty of having these very same thoughts, but we’ve got news for you: if it’s done the right way, following up with a potential recruiter after an interview, can drastically increase your chances of landing the job.
Here’s why you shouldn’t be afraid of sending a follow up email to the recruiter:
- It can give you peace of mind: a recruiter told you that you will hear back after a certain date. You are itching to hear back from them and you’ve heard nothing yet. You start over analyzing the situation, self critiquing, etc. there could be other reasons why you didn’t get a call back, the manager could be out of office, there could be other priorities, or even more interviews. The recruiter could also just simply forget to update you. But once you know the exact situation it may calm your nerves. However, we suggest waiting for at least 4-5 business days before writing to the manager.
- It gives you a chance to strut your stuff: sometimes you finish the interview, send a thank you email, then after a few days you get an idea of something that you should have asked during the interview to prove your potential. If this is the case a follow-up email is the perfect time to demonstrate this. Start your email by asking for an update and then slowly transition into your question or suggestion.
- It can move things around: let’s say you are lucky enough to get an offer from another employer but you are more interested in another position you interviewed for. A following up with a nudge to the recruiter would really give the push and move things along. If not that, it will at least give you closure and help you focus on the opportunity at hand.
Remember when writing a follow-up email to:
- Keep it very precise and concise. Don’t beat around the bush.
- Include a burst of organization-needed helpfulness
At the end we suggest not to become email nonsense, and bother the hiring manager too much with unnecessary information. It may work in the opposite direction and against your favour. Following up too much can certainly get you labelled as an over-eager candidate. But, if done in the right way, a simple follow-up email to the recruiter could be exactly what seals the deal.