Many interviewees think that the interview process is done and over once the personal face to face interaction is completed. However, this is not the case.
The job interview is just part of the interviewing process. Once the personal interview is done, the company goes into thinking and evaluating mode and begins to decide among all the options that it has.
Therefore, it is a good idea to remain in contact with the interviewer and the company in general. One of the best ways to keep in contact with the company/interviewer is to call them.
Calling the interviewer or the company requires some aspects of professional etiquette, without which, calling the interviewer or the company would actually impede your chances of getting a job in the company rather than facilitate your employment chances.
So, after the interview what’s next? How do you follow up?
What would you do when there is no response after an interview or no call (or update) from the company after a certain time?
Follow up call after interview: should you call after an interview?
Yes, you should call after an interview. However, performing a job interview follow up phone call requires considering some aspects:
One of the first things to do when your interview is done is to ask when it would be appropriate to call them or when you can expect a call. The best time to put across this query is at the tail end of the interview when it is being wound up. The most crucial necessity is to ensure that the atmosphere is positive, while asking this query.
Another important aspect is to chalk out a time when to call. The best time to call the interviewer or the company is after lunch or an hour before closing time. This will ensure that you have a comfortable timeframe to speak to the interviewer.
Whom to call
You would also have to think whether to call the interviewer or the company itself. The corporate culture varies from company to company. Some companies prefer that the interviewer maintain contact with the interviewer, while some companies prefer to serve as the go-between in communication between the interviewer and the interviewee. The best way to get an idea whether it would be good to call the interviewer or the company is to inspect the number that the interviewer called you from after the first or second call. If the call comes from a mobile number, you can be assured that calling the interviewer on that number directly would be preferable.
When to call
Additionally, you would have to arrange a schedule as to when to call the interviewer or the company. The best time to call is some two days after the interview itself has taken place. You can also place a thank you email between your first call and your second call. Therefore, you can make your call two days after the interview, a thank you note/letter/email two days after the call and another return call two days later.
Refer to follow up after the interview and example of thank you letter after the interview articles.
Keep it short
However, the most important thing to remember is that the phone call itself should be succinct and should not veer away from the matter at hand. The conversation should be brief and to the point.
To sum up, all the above things you do after the interview will space out your interaction with the interviewer by at least a week.
Of course, the timeframe to call the company or the interviewer depends on whether or not you receive a reply from the employer.