Finally! THIS is How You Follow Up After a Job Interview [Infographic]

One of the most hotly debated, and seemingly one of the most perplexing subjects for job seekers, is how and when to follow-up after a job interview.

In the most simple terms, unless you’re specifically told not to... and no matter what you hear from old-school recruiters who don’t want to be bothered with providing a quality candidate experience… you should follow up.

Indeed, there are some subtle, yet thankfully simple, guidelines to following up after your job interviews… as this infographic from CareerBliss demonstrates. Enjoy, and then go stand above your job seeking competition by following up well.


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  • JustAThought

    This was great, but the question is… what form does your “thank you” note take… email, hard copy, voice message, etc.? That is another thing I think people need to know.

    • RecruiterForManyMoons

      Hi Just a Thought! As a recruiter, I would recommend ALWAYS sending a hand-written note. If all you have for them is an email address, then email it, but if you can….mail a handwritten note. Years ago, when I first began my career, I was chosen for a role over another candidate solely because I hand-wrote a thank you and dropped it off!

      Unless the Hiring Manager specifically said it was ok to call, I wouldn’t recommend it. You can call the recruiter (if you worked with one to get the interview to begin with). Hope this helps!

      • Sue

        Hand-written notes were effective “years ago”. Most companies run by email now. Send an email, or you risk having your carefully written note gathering dust in a forgotten pile of mail.

        • Michael

          Interesting perspective, Sue, but to me that risk is worth it. Think of Maria’s cry in West Side Story that no one else will be wearing white at the dance. She then realized that was just the reason to wear it. When the dance is a job opening, I’ll choose the white dress of a hand-written letter, if only to stand out.

        • ProudMaryBoise

          I disagree that a hand written note is a thing of the past. Emails also may sit in an inbox gathering digital dust. We all get emails every day. Same delivery method, they tend to lack a personal touch and while the content is key, nothing else really stands out.

          A hand written card stands out: the handwriting, what is on the card, the fact that you can’t backspace and delete what you have put down in ink. I put thank you cards on my bulletin board at work. Can you imagine what my bulletin board would look like with a bunch of printed emails?

          There are many factors to consider when sending a thank you note such as: If I mail it, will it arrive AFTER they’ve already made the decision? That’s a MAJOR question!

          I met with hiring managers of a global company in Atlanta, Georgia who gave me some insight into this etiquette. They had their top candidate chosen but that person did NOT send a thank you note or thank you email but the second choice did. The second choice got the offer.

          The bottom line is ALWAYS send some form of thank you note as part of your follow up routine. (keeping in mind the variables).

          Different people like to be followed up with in different ways. I met one hiring manager that liked when sales representative candidates called him on the phone repeatedly, claiming it demonstrated skills he is looking for. Another hiring manager said “No way.” Again, weighing the factors is key to determine next moves.

  • Cindy Billington

    Excellent Infographic. Simple yet right on the money.

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