The waiting period between going for an interview and awaiting feedback can be a very daunting one. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do in between to keep the communication lines open.

The right follow-up can increase your chances of getting hired for the job. It can also relief some stress and anxiety on your end.

Wait a few hours after the job interview to send a thank you note, Forbes Magazine suggests. You don’t want to come off too needy or strong, but you also don’t want to come off as uncaring. We suggest that you sleep on it, and send an email the following morning or afternoon.

Thank you notes are two-fold, Forbes magazine says, “The first type of thank-you note can come across as friendly, cooperative and team-oriented. The second type of thank-you note consists of a subtle follow-up note that emphasizes feedback and employment status update.”

Option one example: “I wanted to thank you for the opportunity your company presented for me and your sincere consideration of my application. I enjoyed the questions you asked since they really helped me reflect on my past professional experiences. I hope to hear from you soon.”

Option two example: “I’d like to thank you again for the time and patience you had with my application — I can imagine a lot of candidates applied for the position. I’d like to formally ask you for your professional feedback about my performance on the interview itself.”

A week or two post interview, you can send a follow-up or a checking-in mail. Make the email short and succinct, with a clear subject line, Indeed suggests.

It could read like: "I hope you’re well! I’m checking in on the [name the position] role. It was great to meet with the team and I’m looking forward to your update. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can provide to assist in the decision-making process."

If you haven’t been approached even after the two follow-up emails, and weeks have gone by, chances are that you did not get the job. It is always advisable to extend a gracious mail to the recruiter to thank them for the opportunity, and also ask them to stay in touch.

You can title your email “Stay-in touch”, so the recruiter knows exactly what you’re sending. Also include your CV and/or portfolio so that they can have you in mind when another opportunity surfaces.

Your message could read: “Thank you for your consideration for the position of [name the position]. It was great meeting with you and discussing my future in the organisation. I would love to be considered for future vacancies that are within my scope of work. Please see my CV and portfolio attached for your reference.”

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