How'd the Interview Go? Just Ask!

Susan Hall
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How Not to Follow Up After a Job Interview

A rogues' gallery of infamously inappropriate follow-ups.

Interviewers' biggest gripe with job candidates is failure to do their homework. (Or it's among the biggest, according to HR consultant Peter Weddle.) Shouldn't you know at least something about this company? Putting that effort into the preparation can make or break your interview.


But not knowing how you did can make job candidates crazy. (Not hearing back from companies is their biggest beef.) My post "10 Must-Ask Questions for Job Seekers" touched on this, but this article at advises spending half your prep time for the interview working on questions you want to ask. (It points out that often interviewers don't do the preparation a wise job-seeker will do, and hence, they might spend most of their time urging you to ask questions. You don't want to be caught without any.)


But this post at The Wise Job Search also notes that it's OK to ask how you fare. Doing so accomplishes several purposes:


  • It shows the employer you have a sincere interest in the position and in moving forward.
  • It shows professional assertiveness and thoroughness by seeking a full understanding of the status.
  • It sets you apart from the majority of candidates who don't ask.
  • It often causes the employer to make somewhat of a commitment.
  • It gives you insights to help you evaluate how well things went, or not.
  • It helps you set your own expectations about where you stand and what may, or may not, happen next.


It suggests asking questions such as these:


  • Can you give me an idea of the interview and decision making process? What would be the next step and what kind of timeframe do you have in mind?
  • Based on our discussion today, do you see me moving forward to the next step in the process?
  • If I don't hear anything, when would be an appropriate time for me to follow up with you?

The Careerealism post also mentions that when you do follow up, you can say:


"I didn't get to convey all that I wanted to, so I hope I'll have a chance to share more in the next round."

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