Video Interview Follow-up: What You Need to Know

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Even if you aced the video interview, you may be forgotten without the proper follow-up. Use these video interview follow-up tips to do it right.

Chances are good that for every job that is posted, hiring managers are doing quite a few interviews to weed through the appropriate candidates. You may feel that you nailed your interview, but with so many viable candidates for the job, you could get lost in the shuffle without the appropriate follow-up. As a result, your follow-up is as important as being prepared for and nailing the actual video interview.

Interview follow-up is the last stage of the interview process, not a separate entity. Follow-up is vital for ensuring that the interviewer remembers you and why you are the best candidate for the job. How you approach your follow up can make or break your chances at getting the job, so we’ve put together a list of ways for you to do it right and be persistent without being annoying. Use these video interview follow-up tips to ensure that you stand out in all the best ways.

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Thank-You Notes

Always send a thank-you note after an interview. Customize your note with information that was discussed during your interview. The more detailed your thank-you note, the better. For a video interview, a thank-you email rather than a handwritten card is perfectly acceptable. Address your note to everyone who was involved in the interviewing process. Don’t wait to send a thank-you note. Follow up quickly — within the day, if possible — after the video interview to make a good impression with the company.

Check In Regularly

Before the interview ends, ask about the timeline in which you can expect to hear a decision. If they tell you that a decision will be made within 10 days and 11 days have passed, feel free to check in. If they don’t give you a timeline, a good rule of thumb is to wait 14 days before contacting them. In your email, simply ask when you will be notified and where you stand in the candidate search.

Avoid Overkill

You may really want that job, but don’t be overeager. Show interest but not desperation. It is a fine line between expressing interest and becoming a pest; calling or emailing every day may annoy the hiring manager and hurt your chances. Always tailor your communication to match the interviewers’ style. If they seem to communicate best through email, use email to follow up.

Be Patient

Remember that many companies are sorting through hundreds of applicants to find the right person for the job. If it’s been a few weeks and you haven’t heard back, don’t get discouraged. Simply check in and recognize that it may not be them dragging their feet, but just that the hiring process takes some time.

Dos and Don’t of a Video Interview Follow-Up

The following dos and don’ts provide you with a simple checklist regarding the best ways to follow up after a video interview.

  • •Do get the correct names and titles of those who interviewed you. If at all possible, get a business card from everyone so you have their contact information handy.
  • •Don’t stop looking for other jobs until you have an offer — even if you feel you nailed the interview.
  • •Do remind the potential employer in your thank-you note why you are the best candidate for the job.
  • •Don’t be impatient — remember that the hiring process can take a few weeks, and hiring managers may still be sorting through candidates even as they work on their day-to-day activities.
  • •Do ask about when you can expect to hear a decision. This gives you a timeline to work with when you are following up.
  • •Do notify references that they may be getting a phone call from a potential employer.
  • •Don’t appear frantic in your follow-up. You want to portray confidence but not desperation.
  • •Do follow up with an email, phone call or handwritten card within ten days of the video interview. Thank the interviewers for their time in the note.
  • •Don’t burn bridges if the interview didn’t go well or you didn’t get the job. You never know when a connection will come in handy in the future.

Courtesy, politeness, and manners can be just as important as the experiences you share during a job interview. A follow-up to your video interview is the perfect time to highlight your professionalism and desire for the job. Show that you are interested in the job with a follow-up plan that is organized and highlights the reasons you are the best candidate for this job. In a competitive world, how you follow up after an interview can mean all the difference between you getting the job and being passed by for someone else.

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