Email follow-up for job seekers: Following up after an interview.

Follow up with interview

When you’re on the hunt for a job, it can be overwhelming to keep track of applications and correspondence. If you've just had a great interview and are waiting to hear back, it’s a good idea to send a follow-up email to reinforce your interest in the position and establish open communication.

Fortunately, there are great tools out there that can help you with this process. We built Boomerang for Gmail to remind you when to send follow ups, and track responses so that great opportunities don't get lost in your inbox. Boomerang also now comes with Respondable, an AI assistant that helps you optimize your follow up emails for getting a reply. Read on to find out how to follow up after an interview, and what to do when you don't get a response.

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Follow up after your interview

After an interview, it’s a good idea to send a concise, but effective thank you email to your interviewer thanking them for their time, express your enthusiasm for the position and company, and perhaps provide any additional information that may have been left out earlier. If you’ve met with more than one person during the interview, you’ll want to tailor the message to be appropriate to each. This email should be sent as soon as possible (within 24 hours of the interview), especially when you’re competing against many other applicants:

Dear Mr. Moore,

I had a great time meeting with you today about the Quality Assurance Engineer position at Baydin. The job seems to be an excellent match for my skills and interests. Baydin’s dedication to email innovation has confirmed my desire to work with your team.

In addition to being enthusiastic about your product, I am also a great team player and self learner, and will bring a true passion for programming and problem solving.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you regarding the position.

Roger Jones

What to do if you don't get a response

The hiring manager may give you a time frame in which they’ll be making a decision; say, one or two weeks. If that’s the case, you can use Boomerang to schedule a message following up with the company if you haven’t received a response after that time frame has passed. Here's an example of a follow up email optimized to get a reply, with a Respondable score of "very likely to get a response." (Again, you may wish to reword as appropriate.)

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Get Respondable

When you're composing the original thank you email, you can set Boomerang to give you a reminder if you don’t get a reply after a certain amount of days. If the message comes back to your inbox without a response, you can then react by sending another email to follow up.

Recurring Message Pop-up

You can even schedule your follow-up message as you're writing the first email. If the hiring manager responds to your original message, Boomerang will detect the response, and will not send the second email. If they don’t reply, Boomerang will send the follow-up message automatically — you’ll never have to let another opportunity fall through the cracks.

Recurring Message Pop-up

Can't seem to get an interview? Here are some tips on submitting and following up with applications.

Some tips & reminders:

  • Always do a grammar and spell check
  • Use Respondable to increase your odds of a reply
  • Make sure your interviewers' names and titles are correct (request business cards at the end of your interview, or check Linkedin)
  • In the case of a technical interview, take this opportunity to revisit any questions you may have missed or only partially answered earlier

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Boomerang for Gmail. First off, if you don’t have it, stop reading this and go get it. Right now. There’s absolutely no other extension that will add this level of function to your Gmail.

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Jessa Carpenter

Terrific tools for the job hunt! I just installed Boomerang, an email scheduler/reminder for Gmail

Jessa Carpenter