After an interview it can be tempting to show lots of interest, but excessive interest isn’t always the best tactic.
There’s a fine line between showing eagerness and coming across as overbearing when following up after an interview.
Here are some tips from business experts on how to show you’re interested in a position without becoming a nudge.
Pack your thank you email after an interview with what makes you shine
Within 24 hours send a thank you note and email. This is an acceptable way to express your interest without coming across as desperate. Bryan Zawikowski, vice president and general manager of the military division for Lucas Group, says that this first thank-you note is an excellent way to be a stand-out.
“This is the first way to reengage with an interviewer – don’t miss out on that opportunity,” he says. In that note, says Zawikowski, touch on three things:
1. Thank them for their time
2. Remind them why you are a good fit for the role, and be as specific as you can
3. Let the interviewer know that you are very interested in moving forward, and suggest two-three dates/times for a follow-up meeting
Reach out again, but with new information
Zawikowski says if the first thank you note doesn’t elicit a response after 6-8 business days, it is acceptable to reach out again via email, but it is important that you have something additional to add.
“Don’t just check-in to see if they are ready to move forward, add something that makes the interviewer realize that you are the kind of person that goes above and beyond,” he continues.
“Mention something you read that made you think of their company and the opportunity – and again, give two options for a follow-up meeting.”
Invite the interviewer to connect on LinkedIn
Get back on the interviewer’s professional radar. It is acceptable to ask to connect with the hiring manager on Linkedin, says Kathleen Steffey, CEO of Naviga Recruiting & Executive Search. “Just make sure your photo is professional and that your background matches what is on your resume with no discrepancies,” she says.
Take a communication breather
It’s always a good idea for candidates to follow up with hiring managers throughout the hiring process.
“There is, however, a fine line between checking in periodically and following up too frequently,” says Alexandra Clarke, director of recruiting with ForceBrands. “Although hiring timelines vary, generally speaking, candidates should typically aim to reconnect every 3-4 weeks to check in on the progress of their candidacy.”
When you do reach out again about a month later, Clarke says it’s always helpful to attach your résumé for quick reference and to briefly highlight why you believe you’re the right candidate for the role.
“Be sure to give a quick update of what you’ve been up to since you last connected,” she says.
“Remember, how you respond during the interview process gives the hiring manager insight into how you will perform in the role. Choose your timing and words carefully, and trust the process, however long it may seem.”