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Follow-Up After Job Interview



Article  
Follow-Up After Job Interview
[1/12/2006]

Source: By LIFELines Research Staff

The purpose of the follow-up is:



  • To find out the status of the hiring decision.

  • To receive feedback. If you follow up, and the interviewer informs you that you did not get the job, do not take it personally. Ask for feedback as to why you did not get the job. The feedback provided will be valuable for future interviews.

Phone Calls
You can call the interviewer within a week if have not heard from him or her. The business card has the necessary information on it. When following up, use effective telephone skills!



  • Use a friendly tone of voice.

  • Listen carefully.

  • Thank the listener for the time.

Thank You Letters
Thank-you letters are sent after every interview. Business cards come in handy here. Be sure to ask for one at the end of the interview if one was not offered.



  • State the purpose of your thank-you letter

  • Restate your interest in the position

  • Thank the interviewers for their time

  • Add anything that you did not mention in the interview

  • No more than half a page

  • Printed on white or beige, 8.5" x 11" bond paper or plain Thank You notes

  • Printed with an easy-to-read font (e.g., Times Roman,10- to 12-point) or very neatly hand-written

  • Mailed, faxed, or e-mailed one day after the interview

 


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