Landing a new job can be a tough business, but that doesn't mean you should stray away from the proper etiquette following a job interview.
After you've done your homework on a company and completed the interview process, you might not hear back about the job listing for weeks. Or it could be days, it really depends on the company, which can be frustrating for all job seekers.
That's why it's important to follow up after an interview. But how should you go about this without looking too needy? Here are a few tips to remember after finishing an interview.
Send a follow up soon after?
Nathan Mirizio, content marketing writer at The Resumator, a recruiting software company, said it's always a good idea to follow up‡ unless the recruiter tells you not to.
Allyson Willoughby, senior vice president of people at Glassdoor, a career site where incognito employees can divulge information about their companies, positions and salaries, told Mashable that following up is incredibly important. She said that it shows your interest in the position and reminds recruiters of your abilities.
Now comes the tough part: Figuring out how to be courteous and polite without being overbearing. You don't want to turn off a recruiter by being too straightforward.
"You don't want to pester until you get an answer, but rather keep yourself in [the hiring team's] minds as they make the decision," Willoughby said. "A great approach is to ask about their timeline for making a hiring decision before you leave the interview. This will help you to properly time your follow-up attempts. In addition, a quick 'thank you' [email] is always a nice touch."
Following up within the first 24 hours is a good idea, according to most experts.
How to follow up
Mirizio said the best medium for a follow up is the last form of communication you had with a recruiter. So if you used the phone, don't hesitate to pick up the dial. If you talked by email or text, shoot them something by that method.
"Go with that medium, or follow whatever instructions have been given to you," he said. "Email is always a safe bet, but always contact recruiters through their business accounts. Personal email accounts and phone numbers are for personal friends, and trying to reach [hiring managers] at home can be an awfully quick turnoff."
But not all mediums are created equal. According to Roy Cohen, a career coach who specializes in financial services and is the author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide: Success Secrets of a Career Coach, there's one type of medium that should be avoided: a handwritten note.
Cohen said while some job seekers think a handwritten note will make them stand out, he believes it's much more likely to "make you look like a dinosaur."
How many follow ups?
If you haven't heard back about the posting after your initial follow up, some experts believe a three-strike rule is appropriate. That means you can send two emails and a phone call. More than that will likely turn off any potential employers.
Willoughby said it's okay to send another polite inquiry after the length of time that the recruiter said search would go.
"If you're following up multiple times after each interview, that's likely not appreciated," Willoughby said. "However, if the company has given you a set time frame and exceeded it by longer than a week, a well-written follow-up note is reasonable. It should be concise and friendly. Don't necessarily remind them that they haven't gotten back to you, but rather use the time frame provided as the reason for your follow up."