When you go to a second interview, this is a good sign because it indicates the employer considers you a strong final candidate for the open position. You should assume that the other candidates will try to make a mark with management by following up after the second interview. To stay competitive and determine which direction you need to go after interviewing, you should also follow up. You need to handle this properly to come across as polite, not pushy.
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Things you need
- Thank-you card
Send your interviewer a thank-you e-mail. Remain formal, if the interviewer was very formal in the interview. Take a more relaxed tone, if the interviewer acted low-key. Keep the email to one paragraph. Express gratitude and remind the interviewer of your name, the position for which you interviewed, your basic qualifications and the interview date.
Send a thank-you card the same day as your thank-you e-mail. This may seem like overkill, but spam filters can eat e-mail messages, and a handwritten note gives your follow-up a more personal feel. Include the same information as in your e-mail, but word the message differently enough so the interviewer doesn't get a sense of déjà vu.
Call your interviewer. Offer thanks for interviewing you and say you remain interested in the position. Ask if a hiring decision has been made. If not, inquire when it will occur. Ask how you should follow up again, if you should receive no word.
Tips and warnings
- It is acceptable to send an additional follow-up letter to your interviewer, if you are not hired. In this letter, wish the employer your best and express your desire to be informed of other positions for which you would be a better fit. This is a good option, if you know the company is a leader in your industry and an ideal employer.
- Heed what the interviewer gives you for a follow-up phone call timeline. You want to maintain interest while demonstrating you can follow basic directions.
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