Writing a formal thanking-note is always a good way to follow-up.
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What to do if you don’t get a feedback after a job interview

Writing a formal thanking-note is always a good way to follow-up.

Should you call or should you wait a little bit longer? Should you send a follow-up email or pick up the phone and just call the interviewer? You might have asked yourself these questions so many times right after concluding a job interview.  “Just because interview is over doesn’t mean you should stop,” says Helen Oloroso, assistant dean and director of the McCormick Office of Career Development at Northwestern University. “Following up is an important part of the process”.

What are then the nicest and smartest ways of asking for a feedback?   

A thank-you note is always very welcomed and never too old-fashioned 

It might seem an old-fashioned thought, but the recruiter may find it unique and different from the standard candidates’ reactions. It is always a very delicate gesture showing that you are good at using soft skills and able to be empathetic. Of course, remember that you should write a note that is formal enough, but not exaggeratedly.

Try sending an e-mail and afterwards giving a call 

The instinct usually tells you to get right away on the phone, but this approach might be perceived as invasive. Start with a simple and short follow-up e-mail and remember to include your full contact coordinates. Wait a couple of days and if you do not get any reply proceed with a phone call. Usually the recruiter provides some specific instructions regarding the feedback period frame, therefore carefully calibrate your timing based upon the advice given by the recruiter.

After an interview don’t start right away connecting with people on social media 

If you’re a person that believes in the power of social network, then use it wisely, no matter which one you choose. You are not a part of the company yet, and the employees are not your friends or acquaintances. Networking is a great tool, but you should better use it during the last steps of your hiring process.

Don’t be too pushy 

Always keep a poised behaviour and interact with the recruiter carefully – it can change the way you are perceived. Knowing how to ask for a feedback is a skill very much appreciated, considering that it is an activity that will be a part of your working daily routine.

Patience is a virtue, so practice that virtue if you want to make a good impression and play by the rules. If you are looking for more career advice, read our blog posts.