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Persevering or pushy: the fine line when following up after an interview

What is the best way to follow up a job interview?

You have submitted your CV, painfully completed a very long application form, and sat in your best suit opposite a board of people answering interview questions; however, you have heard nothing back. 

We have all received advice at some point or another that a gentle nudge to a potential employee after an interview shows that you care; however, it is important to show that you are determined and eager rather than pushy and desperate.

Richard Moy of the Daily Muse has spoken about the best email follow-up he ever received as a recruiter and why it stood out amongst a sea of standard “Just wondering if you have any idea when you will be in touch?” or “Hi, do you remember me from last week’s interview?” emails.

A short but succinct email asking whether there is anything else an employer needs from you to make a decision, it seems, is the best approach.

“I wanted to re-iterate how much I enjoyed meeting you last week and how excited I am about the opportunity we discussed. Is there anything else I can forward to you to make your candidate decision easier?” is an approach applauded by Moy as one that sets a potential employee apart from the rest.

Although you have probably already completed a number of application forms or cover letters, and attended a number of interviews, there may be a small error, discrepancy or misunderstanding within your information that could warrant an interviewer to pass you over as their next employee.

Simple things such as a missing document or a query as to why you have missed a certain reference could be easily flagged, with a follow-up email offering any extra details providing the perfect opportunity to rectify such missing links. It also gives you the opportunity to fight your case one last time if an employer is sitting on the fence with a choice of candidates.

Whilst any follow-up email shows that you have a keen interest in the role for which you applied, and an employer is likely to be appreciative that you took the time, offering more than your fellow candidates could help you to pip them to the post. There is a fine line between appearing pushy and desperate for information on any job and showing true determination that you want this job and will go to extra lengths to obtain it.

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