Following Up After the Interview

Following up after an interview is one of the most important things you can do to help increase your chances of landing a job.

Following up after an interview means sending an email or calling the person who interviewed you to say thank you for the opportunity to interview and to add any additional information that you forgot.

Why is following up after an interview helpful?

First, it helps remind the interviewer of who you are and it shows that you are professional. Second, it gives you a chance to add any important information that you forgot or to correct any mistakes.

Most people choose to follow up by email because it is easier, but if you want to be bold, then you can definitely call the interviewer and thank them personally. Some people even recommend sending a handwritten letter, but many people consider this to be too much. It is up to you which one you do, but you need to follow up with the interviewer in some way.

Here are some tips and things to remember when following up after an interview.

  • Follow up within 24 hours.
  • Proofread your email or letter to make sure there are no grammar or spelling errors.
  • Try to get the interviewer’s business card at the interview, so you will have their contact information to send them a follow-up email. If you do not have their contact information, then try finding it on the company’s website, through a web search, on social media like LinkedIn, or by calling the company to ask for it.

Here are some things you could write in your email.

  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Highlight your skills and promote yourself.
  • Include anything important you forgot to mention.
  • Correct mistakes (if there are any and if it is important).

Make sure the letter is not too long and follow formal business email guidelines. Here is an example.

Dear Ms. Thompson,

This is James Black. I interviewed with you yesterday morning for the associate sales position. I wanted to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to interview for the position.

I was quite interested in the position before the interview, but after interviewing, I am convinced that this position is perfect for me. My international sales experience, presentation skills, and ability to attract business from the EU market makes me a great fit for the position.

I hope you sincerely consider giving me the chance to contribute to your company in a meaningful way.

If you have any further questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can contact me at this email,, or at 614-981-7544.


James Black

Vocabulary from the Article

1. chance: probability

  • There is a 50% chance that it will rain.
  • He has a good chance to get the job.

2. to be bold: to be unafraid and daring

  • We need to take bold action.
  • She is bold.

3. personally: directly to the person it concerns

  • I talked to him personally.
  • I will give it to her personally.

4. to be up to (somebody): to be somebody’s decision to make

  • It is up to you what you will study at university.
  • I want to follow this plan, but it is up to the CEO.

5. to proofread: to read something after writing it to edit and correct any mistakes

  • Make sure you proofread your report before submitting it.
  • It is important to proofread all of your work.

6. to highlight: to emphasize or stress something

  • Try to highlight your strengths and skills during an interview.
  • The salesman highlighted the low price of the car.