Following-up after an interview 

The two most important parts of a job interview are the opening—that’s where you make a good first impression—and the ending where you ask for the job and lay groundwork for following up a job interview.

When do you begin following up after an interview? At the end. While thanking your interviewer for the opportunity to discuss the job, ask what the timetable is for deciding on the winning candidate. If your interviewer gives you a timeline, ask if it’s okay to follow-up with her then? If the interviewer demurs, ask if he would mind if you followed up by keeping in touch? If the answer is “yes,” get her contact information. Now you have permission to e-mail or call.

But what if the answer is, “no, don’t call us, we’ll call you.” When nobody calls, you begin to feel as if your contacts have fallen into a black hole and they’ve become ghosts. Hence, the term “job ghosting.” I’ll discuss how to overcome job ghosting in my next post.

In the meantime, you’ll learn many more tips about how to follow up a job interview by reading the chapter, “How to Turn Interviews Into Job Offers,” in my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. It’s available on Amazon.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.