One Sentence You Shouldn’t Forget In A Job Interview Follow-Up Letter

One Sentence You Shouldn’t Forget In A Job Interview Follow-Up Letter

Following up after a job interview without being annoying is tough. We put together a few suggestions, but we missed one important sentence. Sean Weinberg, co-founder of resume-grading web app RezScore, suggests that there’s one line you don’t want to leave out: “Please let me know either way.”

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He explains why:

THE most effective line to use in your follow up is “Please let me know either way”.

I am going to repeat that: THE most effective line to use in your follow up is “Please let me know either way”

Sure, it’s more polite for the company to let you know either way, but with the amount of applicants and the numbered hours in a day, it’s not as likely that you’re going to get that courtesy call or e-mail unless you specifically ask for it.

Follow up with them to help ensure that they follow up with you.

Sean offers a bunch of other great tips on writing a follow-up letter, so hit up the full post over at Simply Hired for more information.

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    • You can usually tell if you’re a good candidate and if you’re likely to succeed without asking for people to call you back or anything like that.

      When applying don’t wait for them to call you, call them a few hours after applying to talk about the position and your suitability to fill it.

  • Its unfortunate that so many places do not give a courtesy call or letter. Do they not realise that this is a direct reflection on their business and work practice?

    If I went for a job at a few places and then ended up being a potential client of that company, I know I would be steering clear of them in future.

  • In my (not continuous) 25 years of job seeking, I’ve used this phrase in all my requests.
    My realisation was that the employers who responded, would have responded anyway because they were professional, organised, or had personal integrity.

    Your experience may vary, but I found that companies that would not normally respond will not be swayed by this request. Employment agencies almost never let you know, as you are not their paying interest.

  • Personally I think it makes you sound slightly desperate. If you’re neck and neck with another candidate then, sure, something minuscule like this may be a differentiator (though I doubt it).

  • I sometimes try to slip in the question, “Do you mind if I ask how many applicants there are for this position?” Depending on how friendly the interviewers are you might get an accurate answer. If they are a bunch of tools then I would pass on asking.

    If they say a number small (5-10) then I make a point of then asking when they will have conducted all the interviews. “We have the last few today” I make a mental note of this and make sure that I am the first person to make a follow-up call very shortly after the interviews are complete. Although I haven’t had a (formal) interview in some years, I can remember several of them calling me in for a second ‘chat’ simply because I showed a persistant interest in the job.

    Another thing I did was after calling them after the interviews were over I asked them if there was anything they needed clarifying with me. In other words “Is there anything else you needed from me to help in the proces” “Is there anything you needed to ask me in relation to my capabilities of this job”. Most of the time they will say no. But when that one time comes where they say “Actually there was one thing we forgot to ask…” you’re in!!!!

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