What happens after the job interview?

You now already know how to prepare for a job interview and what to do to make a good impression, but what do you need to do after?

Many people just assume that the company will contact them if they’re interested, but they interview dozens of candidates and therefore are not likely to remember all the details of your interview.  

The time after a job interview is a crucial period, it could make or break your chance of getting the job of your dreams.


Thank You Notes

Straight after the interview, there are two main things you need to find out; the time in which it will take for you to receive an answer, and who you should follow up with. Having the contact information of this person is very important, and will most likely be their email address.

The best thing to do straight after this is to take time to evaluate, re-think what you mentioned, what seemed interesting to the interviewer etc. Maybe you mentioned a personal blog which they took an interest in, so you could keep this in mind to mention in the follow-up email.

The next step would be to send a well-thought-out thank you email. In this, you should thank them for their time, go over your qualities that fit with the job description again, answer any of the questions that you couldn't provide a full response to, add references from previous employers, mention something they found interesting etc.  

Sending this email is also a great opportunity to ask any questions that you forgot to ask during the actual interview, as it can be very difficult to remember everything you wanted to ask, especially when you’re nervous!

Another plus point is that it will help to keep your name fresh in the mind of the interviewer, as even if you did well they will probably be interviewing more people, so it can be easy to forget.   It is also a great way to show that you’re truly interested in the job, companies will only want to employ someone who’s genuinely enthusiastic about the job and really wants to work there. In fact, 91% of employers like to receive follow-up thank you notes, but only 57% send them.

However, there are some points to remember:

  • Be professional, check spelling, especially of people’s names!
  • Don’t be pushy
  • Check links/attachments work properly
  • Send it the same day as the interview or at most a day after while the interview is still fresh
  • Don’t expect instant results – people are busy!
  • Don’t make the email too long, keep it business-like and easy to read


Following up can be the key factor in getting the job that you want. It shows that you are genuinely interested and enthusiastic about the job, which could separate you from hundreds of other applicants competing for the same position.

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Did you get the job?

After you've been waiting a while to hear a response, you might be unsure of whether you've got the job or not. The amount of time it takes for a company to get back to you can really vary. For example, multinational corporations (such as Deloitte and L'Oreal) can take anywhere from weeks to months to let you know whether you've got the job, whereas smaller companies are much more likely to take anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. We'd say a good amount of time to follow up would be 4-5 days for small companies, and 8-12 days for bigger companies. You don't want to follow up too soon as this could be seen as pestering.

There are two ways you can follow up after an interview: by phone or by email. Calling can be a better method as it pushes for an almost immediate answer as to how close they are to making a decision. Emailing however is more popular with HR employees, plus you'll be able to plan exactly what to say. 


If you decide to call, make sure you start with this information:

Hello, I'm (insert your full name) and I interviewed for the position of (insert job position) on (insert date of interview). I was just calling to thank you for taking the time to interview me and follow up with how the interview went.

Make sure to practice beforehand and have a list of questions you might want to ask, as well as the key skills that you can go over. The key is to make sure it doesn't sound like you are pestering them. Keep your answers reasonably brief and make sure you are prepared.


If you're emailing, keep the message brief and polite. It should follow the lines of something like this:

Dear [contact name],

I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to again thank you for taking the time to interview me on (insert date here). I also thought I would follow up about the [job title] role. I’m really interested in the opportunity and think I would make a great addition to your team. Please let me know if there's any further information I can provide in order to make your decision.

Thank you,
[Your name]


If you hear back and you haven't got the position, this is still an opportunity to learn. Ask what you were lacking and for some general feedback about the interview stage. Take note of these and take them on board for next time.


No matter how an interview goes, you should always be following up afterwards. This is a great habit to get into that could end up being a factor in whether you get the job or not. Getting some feedback and making sure you've put your foot in the door should ease your nerves a little before you hear back. Employers like candidates who appreciate the time taken for interviews and most of all, who show respect.



Oct 29, 2020 by The ELJ Team

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Am happy to hear the information at large . The follow up email is a great idea. Thanks

I strongly believe that to follow the job applications and interview results! I am also changing my references the company reached them or not. If they dont say when they will turn with the results, I prefer to ask to follow up and answer when they turn.

Many thanks for taking your time to teach us

thank you

Yes , actually geting Feedback about what you did wrong during th interview will enhance your chances next time , i hope to get my dream job soon :)

Thank you too

This is really helpful

Thank you!! I will use the tips about following up about an interview.

what could you advise in the situation when Hiring Manager replies something very generic like they need more time and nothing in specific?

I was taking some screenshots !! There are relevant information about how to follow up an interview. I used to write emails. Now, I will call them.


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