Waiting isn’t easy. It’s even harder when your hopes are high. Let’s say you had a spectacular interview: asked the right questions, gave consistent, well-informed answers, connected with the interviewer(s). When it concluded, the person in charge said they were looking forward to speaking with you again. Chances are you started anticipating the congratulatory, “welcome aboard” phone call on your drive home. You probably dashed out a thank-you email to everyone involved. Maybe you even sent a brief note to the friendly receptionist.
Now it’s two weeks later and all you’ve heard are crickets. You try to put it out of your mind, but sometimes it’s all you can think about. You keep reading about how hungry companies are for skilled talent ––after all a survey by monster.com indicated that 80% of companies planned to hire in 2021. So why aren’t you getting a call? The next move is yours. Quell your anxiety. Here’s how to craft an interview follow-up email after two weeks.
Short but Sweet
Getting in touch matters. In a survey of hiring managers, some 68% agreed that whether or not they get a thank-you email from a candidate affects their decisions. Unfortunately, a different survey indicated that just over half of candidates actually sent a thank you note. Hopefully you sent a thank you email shortly after the interview. Still, life happens. If for some reason you didn’t send a thank-you make sure to include your appreciation for their time in the interview follow-up email after two weeks.
I also recommend clarity in the subject line. Something like, “Following-up on Thursday, July 29 interview @2:00 p.m.” Just because the interview is all you can think about doesn’t mean they are similarly preoccupied. You should be replying to a previous email, such as the one setting the time for the interview. The exception is if it was rerouted through a careers site or Craig’s List. Then if you were given the contact email of the person in charge of the interview, send it to that address.
In the body of the email, the first paragraph should remind them of the interview and reiterate your interest in the position. Follow this with a brief graph that mentions the company’s name and includes a partial quote or an objective from the interview. Then address how your experience will help them achieve this goal. Your third paragraph should specifically address your unique qualifications that you believe sets you apart from the others. That’s it. Keep it short and to the point. Sign off with a standard formal closing like “Yours” or “Best.”
Then hit send. After that, the best and most difficult to follow advice is to be patient. Hopefully you’ve been applying to other positions. The advice you often hear about personal relationships is relevant here as well. It’s true –– the best way to forget about your last interview is to land a new one. If you haven’t heard back in a week or two, connect with their LinkedIn Profiles and follow their business pages.You can also send a request via LinkedIn to become part of their network. That way, even if they didn’t hire you for this position your name will likely be at the top of their list when the next opportunity arises.
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