When you’re looking for job opportunities in finance, you spend so much time preparing for the interview that you may feel lost once it’s finally over. What’s the next step you should take? Should you follow up with the hiring manager? How do you follow up without coming across as pushy or annoying? If you find yourself asking these questions, here are a few things you should know about how and when to follow up after a job interview.
Send a Thank You Message
Sending a thank you message is a subtle way to follow up without being annoying. You can send a traditional hand-written note if you want, but it’s common practice now to send thank you emails. Personal messages should be sent to every individual who interviewed you, if possible.
One easy way to make your email sound more personalized is to include specific topics covered during the interview or address questions you may not have fully answered in person. To close your email, invite the interviewer to contact you with any additional questions or information about the job posting.
The Two-Week Rule
If you don’t receive any communication from the hiring manager after the interview, most experts recommend that you wait two weeks before asking for an update. If you follow up any quicker than that, you may be seen as too aggressive. If you wait longer than that, you may come across as disinterested.
Make a Phone Call
It’s perfectly acceptable to follow up via email, but you may improve your chances of standing out if you follow up by phone instead. Start the telephone conversation by expressing your gratitude for the interview, then politely ask if the hiring manager has an update on the position.
Improve Your Chance of Being Hired
You can improve your chance of being hired by getting your resume into as many hiring mangers’ hands as possible. One way to do this is by joining one or more finance employment agencies. Beacon Resources is a well-known agency that helps candidates find job opportunities in finance. Contact them to learn more.