This seems to be one of those things that every job seeker dreads. But they shouldn’t. The art of the follow up is pretty straightforward and can lead to a lot more than just a job. It can be a great way to build your network.
Here’s how to do it.
First, don’t leave the interview without asking about the next steps. You’re a professional, so expect to be treated as such. Knowing the general timeline for the hiring process is completely reasonable.
Second, as soon as you get home from the interview send out a thank you email to everyone on the interview committee. Make sue to mention something about the interview so that the interviewers remember you.
Third, the next day try connecting with the interview team on LinkedIn. This part requires a little finesse. You don’t want to send a generic request, and you don’t want to come off as a stalker either. The best way to go about this is to mention in the request something that was brought up in the interview and mention that you read a related article or saw a report that you’d love to share with them once your connected. More times than not they’ll accept the request. (Note: make sure to follow through with the share!)
Finally, the regular follow up. HR departments can be notoriously slow with new hires and it is perfectly natural to start getting antsy when you have not heard a final answer after a few weeks. While there is nothing you can do to speed things up, you can keep your name in front of them. Once every 3-4 weeks try sharing a piece of information you have come across that might interest them. Don’t ask about the job, don’t request a response, just be friendly and share.
If you go about the interview follow up this way you’ll likely increase your chances of getting hired while growing your network in the process.