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Should I send a follow-up email after an interview?

Erin Delaney

Careers Commentator
When your cover letter should win a Pulitzer for its depth, your CV framed and hung on the wall and your interview.. well, your interview should have been recorded and distributed as a masterclass in how to interview because you interviewed LIKE. A. BOSS.

You’ve got it in the bag.

Or have you? Before you go resting on your laurels, putting down deposits on fancy new digs and booking a pre-emptively well-deserved holiday to Hawaii (you are going to work SO hard you already feel like you need a break just thinking about it), stop for a moment before hitting send on the follow-up note you’re just SURE is going to land you the job.

While it seems like such a simple, harmless, nice thing to do from the candidate’s end, not all employers actually like to receive them, especially in fast-paced industries like financial services or consulting.

Teams are under ever-increasing pressure to perform, to get their jobs done faster and better with less. Reading and replying to 50 ‘thank you’ follow-up emails is not something many hiring managers have the time or inclination to do.

However, if you and the interviewer discussed a great Ted talk or they spent a considerable amount of time explaining a concept to you, then that’s a great opportunity to send a genuine follow-up email and thank them for helping you to gain further insights into the role or industry.

If the role is in marketing, you could write something like:

“Dear [interviewer’s name],

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me to discuss the position, it was great to learn more about the role, team and organisation. I looked up the video you mentioned and found it really interesting, I think it will help me when I go to prepare my next marketing plan [insert something relevant to the role you’ve applied for].

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the recruitment process. Please let me know if there is any further information I can provide.

Kind regards,

[your name]”

Use your judgment about whether it’s a good idea to send a follow-up thank you email, remembering that the people hiring you are busy. If you’ve got a genuine reason to follow up then it’s a lovely gesture, but keep it short and sweet if you do. It’s a lot easier to click ‘Delete’ than it is to read yet another email!