Consumer Watch: The best way to follow-up on a job interview

A small gesture could go a long way when following up on a job interview (KOKH).

Having a positive experience during a job interview is a great feeling, but it's important to keep the momentum going after the fact. Preparing yourself for the days following the interview is just as important as the interview itself.

Once the final handshake happens, don’t and wait for a call back. You should follow-up, and figuring out the best way to do that is simple. Ask about next steps, and how you can follow up. That way you know what your interviewer prefers, and makes it less likely you'll come off as annoying.

Either way, a little bit of thanks goes a long way.

“What I prefer personally is that they follow-up with a thank you note within the next 24 hours. You'd be surprised how many people don't do that,” says Heather Kay, Assistant Vice-President of Business and Industry Training and Economic Development, OSU OKC.

Kay says the thank you note can come in the form of a simple email. Since that's how many industries communicate now, it's the preferred method. Also keep in mind that timing is everything.

“People that immediately race out to the parking lot, and send you an email, a thank you, it seems a little fake. I think a little thought put into it is nice,” says Kay.

Whether you decide to go snail mail or email, think about waiting 12 hours to a full day, and putting some thought into what you are writing. The thank you email is also a way to follow up without putting the potential employer on the spot.

Kay recommends skipping the follow-up phone call especially if you are explicitly asked not to call. To show assertiveness, try reviewing some of the points that make you a good candidate, in the thank you email.

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