After a job interview, you’re usually stuck playing a brutal waiting game … and no news usually means the worst news, not good news. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around and wait by your phone like you do when you give that semi-promising guy your number at the bar. Here are the times when and the ways to follow up after a job interview.
Immediately afterward. As soon as you get home (or back to your desk, if you’re interviewing for a new job while on your lunch break from your current one), shoot an email thanking your interviewer for his or her time.
The next day. Mail a handwritten thank you note to your potential employer and interviewer. Reiterate your enthusiasm for the position.
One to two weeks later. Shoot your interviewer an email and let them know you’d love to hear from them about the position … but don’t expect good news if you haven’t heard from them yet. Still, you never know, so it’s good to stay on their minds.