Our very own Sadiye Booker has written down some words, tips and tricks about, well, what the headline says. Have a read and best of luck if you're going through interviews at the moment!
So you’ve gone through numerous stages to get to the final interview, you’re feeling pretty confident and you’ve got a good idea of the role, company, team etc. You’re interested.
However, it’s been 3 days and you still have no feedback. Are they not interested? Why won’t they hire me? Are they just busy? Should I chase?
What should you do in this case? Let’s be honest, there is a huge difference between coming across interested in a role and looking desperate… Annoying the recruiter won’t help, whether they are agency or in-house.
Let’s assume you’ve been told by the person responsible for sourcing this role that this is a final stage and next steps will be an offer, of course if successful. At the end of your interview, a crucial question is “What happens next?”
Firstly, this makes you seem genuinely interested in the role, but more importantly, it will give you some idea of how the process works. For example, you don’t want to chase them after 24 hours, if you’ve been told a decision won’t be made for the next week.
However, if you are expecting a call after 48 hours and it’s been 4 days, you are well within your rights to ask for an update. If you have no idea of timescales, you will probably feel on edge waiting around.
After an interview, I would always advise it’s a good idea to send the interviewer(s) a quick email or LinkedIn message to say thanks for their time. Connect with them on LinkedIn if you haven’t already.
It’s polite, makes you seem interested and shows good people skills that you have taken a few minutes out of your day to thank them. Sounds simple, but it’s surprising how often it doesn’t happen.
You can also do this to your advantage, by outlining the reasons why you would be suitable for the role and a good cultural fit to the organisation etc.
If you managed to pick up on something that you had in common with them in the interview, then certainly mention it.
To give you an idea, I’ve drafted a quick example:
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me earlier.
It was great to find out more about Fruitly inc. and as a former nutritionist, it was particularly exciting to hear about the launch of the new healthy range!
(It was also great to meet someone who loves Yoga as much as I do!)
Please let me know if there’s anything you need from me, otherwise, I look forward to hearing from you.
You’ve got nothing to lose, nothing negative will come from you sharing a positive reflection of the interview. Remember to keep it short and sweet, they know everything they need to know from the interview.
*TIP* – If you didn’t manage to ask your interviewer about the process, during the interview (“When can I expect to hear from you?”) then now is the time to
If you don’t hear any feedback within the timescales they discussed with you, then you should chase. Remember, as I said there is a huge difference between coming across interested in a role and looking desperate… So know when to call it a day.
Calling them repeatedly and leaving numerous voicemails, won’t go down well. At this point, I’d advise to keep things short and sweet again. Example below:
I hope you are well.
It’s been a few days since I interviewed for the Marketing Manager role at Fruitly inc. so I just wanted to check whether there are any updates at all, as I remember you mentioning that Thursday was the deadline.
There could be a number of reasons why the feedback is taking a while, so don’t get frustrated. Just wait and see what they have to say.
Always respond to feedback, whether it’s good or bad. Don’t burn bridges and remember the way you act will affect your reputation, so always remain positive.
There are two ways of looking at this. Firstly, if they make an offer, great news! However, make sure you know everything there is to know, you have all your questions answered and you are happy with the final offer before accepting.
On the other hand, if you are rejected, there is, of course, a professional way of dealing with this.
It’s important to stay calm and remember you might not know the exact circumstances. If nothing else, think; if the successful candidate declines the offer, you may be second in line.
Sometimes, the organisation may inform you that you have been unsuccessful, but they may not tell you why. If not, ask for those reasons as it will help you improve for future opportunities.
If the feedback is negative, here is an example of how you can respond:
Thank you for your email.
I appreciate your feedback, it’s a shame it didn’t work out on this occasion. However, this will give me the opportunity to improve upon my interview skills in the future.
I would still love the opportunity to work for a company like Fruitly inc. in the future and I appreciate you taking the time to consider my profile in the first place.
Best of luck in the future.
Leaving things on a good note will really help you to keep a professional reputation and help maintain the relationship.
It’s important to keep things friendly and think long-term, as perhaps there is a position in the future you might be considered for.