You did all the research, you nailed your interview and now you’re just waiting to hear any kind of news. And waiting. And waiting. The after-interview process can run on for a long time and knowing when to follow up after a meeting can be the biggest struggle of all. The trick is to get your timing right. Instead of letting the days tick by, take matters into your own hands and show a little initiative. Want to follow up in the right way? It’s time to take notes.
- Be Realistic and Positive
Following up is all about balance. Assuming you have already got the job is likely to put off your potential employer, but being too negative about the situation can also send off mixed messages about your enthusiasm. Try and aim for somewhere in the middle. If you haven’t heard back from an email you sent days ago, you’re well within your rights to enquire as to what’s going on. If a few hours have passed, however, it might be worth waiting a little bit longer. Be polite, show some interest and keep it professional.
- Let Yourself Be Understood
Everyone gets busy and if you’re trying to work your way into a successful company, it’s worth taking this fact into account. If you feel the need to follow up to an email, try and understand why you’re doing so and what it can bring about for you. Sending a gentle assertion in your email will help your potential employer or work partner understand what you’re looking for and give them a nudge in the right direction. It’s all about making yourself be understood.
- Try A Different Sort Of Communication
When email doesn’t work you might be ready to throw in the towel but there are plenty of other options at your fingertips. If you’re still waiting to hear back, try going the old fashioned route and picking up the telephone. When the person you’re trying to contact is swamped with other work, a telephone call can be all it takes to help them to get going on your enquiry. You can personalize your request and build a rapport at the same time; simple!