Not everyone knows how important Follow up emails are. “A good candidate is a candidate who cares”.
Follow up emails come in different shapes and forms and differ according to content and timing.
First of all, we have the “classic” thank you letter sent after an interview. By thanking the interviewer for their time, shows good manners and thoughtfulness.
Everyone wants to work next to a person who respects the time and effort of their co-workers.
You can also send a follow up letter to check the status of your application. Doing so demonstrates not only your interest in the position, but also persistence to succeed. This could help get your resume or application a second look if it was passed over for some reason.
Find the right Timing
Timing is key when it comes to effective follow up emails. Thank you notes following an interview or phone screen should ideally be sent within 24 hours of the contact. If you don't hear back after a few days or a week, you may want to follow up and send a short and polite email asking if there are any updates or if the position has been filled.
Tip: This is where it can be helpful if you asked during the interview about the timeline for hiring. (If the company interviewed you in September, but haven’t contacted you until mid October, then send a follow up asking if the position has been filled)
The shorter you keep it, the better!
You don’t have to write a huge text about how you are suitable for the job. In Follow up emails, the action matters more than the text.
Your main goals should be:
Promote your resume
Show persistence and enthusism for the job
Make sure they haven’t forgotten you
Include any details you forgot in the interview
Appreciate the time and effort of your hiring manager