Whether through a quick email or a handwritten note, candidates are always advised to follow up after a job interview. But this follow up after an interview is just as important for employers. Sure, you’re busy. You have what may seem like too many candidates to interview on top of too many other tasks. But neglecting the follow up can be detrimental to your employer brand. So, let’s cover how to follow up after an interview with candidates.
Why Should I Follow Up?
How you present yourself before, during and after an interview is a reflection of your company and how they treat employees and business associates. Plus, candidates often take your response, or lack thereof, personally. While it can feel awkward to turn someone down, a few brief sentences will let candidates know where they stand and allow them to move on with their search.
On the other hand, if a candidate is successful and is moving on in your interview or hiring process, let them know what the next steps will be as well as an estimated timeline. This keeps an open line of communication and shows the candidate that you care about their time.
When Should I Follow Up?
Always follow up with candidates as soon as possible. They are in the middle of the job search, and delaying that news, whether positive or negative, only wastes the candidate’s time when they could be actively applying elsewhere. Besides, putting it off will only add to your own to-do list.
Should I Call or Email?
As the interviewer, you have three basic options for follow up. If it’s immediately clear during the interview, you can let the interviewee know right then and there that they are or aren’t the right fit. If you need to evaluate additional candidates or mull over your decision, you can follow up later. Email is faster and circumvents the possibly awkward conversation, but a phone call is always the more personal option.
What Should I Say to An Unsuccessful Candidate?
If you’re struggling to come up with something to say in your phone call or email, focus on respectfully delivering these four points:
Have additional tips on how to follow up after an interview? Let us know.
Alex Kilpatrick is the Marketing Communications Manager at interviewstream and has been with the company since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.