How to Follow-Up on an Interview With Your Recruiter

Interviews are stressful. You might receive some pointers from your recruiter going into the most important ones, but you’re not out of the woods yet.

Work with your recruiter to follow up on those interviews strategically and effectively.

Debrief on What Everyone Said

First, lay everything on the table. You can’t plan your next steps without knowing what happened.

Keep it straightforward and give your recruiter the Cliff Notes version—highlight the topics, projects, and skills that came up. Also mention your impressions of the hiring manager, his or her disposition, and notable reactions to what you said. Recruiters need to manage their time, too!

Was more than one person interviewing you, or stopping by to meet you? Mention their names and roles to your recruiter, just in case. That might give you a clue as to how the role fits into the rest of the organization.

Ask Them About the People You Met

Recruiters are well-connected by nature. They’ve probably met a few people at this company, even if those people aren’t hiring managers or former placements.

Take advantage of that fact! Mention who you met, how they responded to you, and what they talked about. If your recruiter knows any of them, it could lead to an inside track to winning their hearts and minds.

There’s a chance your recruiter doesn’t know them, so don’t count on this as the make-or-break factor in your interview follow-up. Just include it as a part of due diligence in collecting the information you need.

Dissect the Projects Brought Up

Dissecting which projects the interviews brought up and which of your projects interested them the most telegraphs what they’ll want you to do (or expect in terms of skills).

Use this to frame what you’ll mention in a follow-up letter and email and how it factors into the role. Stress how you’re looking forward to discussing those projects further in your letter, and offer up some specific ideas or areas of interest within those projects.

The follow-up letter is about showing that you not only grasp the concepts and projects the hiring managers want to execute, but that you have ideas in mind for next steps as well.

Connect the Role to Company’s Future

Next, have a brief discussion about how the position fits within the organization’s goals for the future (or maintains its revenue, culture, or some other kind of value in the present).

Your follow-up needs to show that you understand how the role affects the business’ bottom line. It also helps if you can throw some promising ideas into the letter.

This will only become a sentence or a handful of words in your actual letter, but hitting the right notes is crucial while writing.

Sketch Out Executing the Role

Your follow-up letter will make it clear that you’re capable of getting things done without the hiring manager holding your hand constantly.

Throw in some references to how you envision completing projects, testing out new processes, or reshaping the team dynamic.

Again, the final “product” of this element might only be one sentence in your follow-up. However, deciding on the right talking points and delivering them effectively—and tactfully—is the key.

Set the Tempo for Checking In With the Employer

Last but not least, you have the chance to set a tempo for touching base with the hiring manager.

Consult with the recruiter on individual interviewers’ preferences. Then, in your letter, offer to get in touch with him or her within the next week to spur on the next phase.

Even if the hiring manager doesn’t have a decision made when that time comes, simply setting the date and time keeps you top-of-mind. It also makes you appear like a fantastic project manager.

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