The Right Way to Follow Up After Interviewing With a Staffing Firm
Recruiters appreciate it when you make the effort to express your appreciation for their time, and a well-written follow up is the perfect opportunity to quickly reiterate your interest in their company and why you would be the best person for the position you interviewed for. Following up also demonstrates that you have taken charge of your job search and are willing to put in the necessary effort required for finding your next job opportunity.
While following up after your job interview is always a good idea, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Whether you follow up through an email, a phone call or even a handwritten letter, it is important to ensure your follow up is appropriate and that you are not accidentally hindering your chances at landing a position. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see job seekers make when following up after their interview:
Following Up Too Soon - Wait a minimum of 24 hours before you reach out to follow up on a position you’ve interviewed for. Staffing firms find candidates for the different companies they work with, so they have to wait to hear back from those companies about their hiring decisions, which takes time.
Following Up Too Often – A good rule of thumb is to only follow up once after your interview, unless you are specifically told otherwise. Recruiters have busy schedules and do not have time to repeat the same information to you over and over again. Your recruiter wants to place you in a job position they think you’ll be a good fit for, so they will definitely reach out to you if something changes from the last time you spoke.
Not Following Directions – A staffing firm will have a solid process in place for job seekers... after all, it is their job to find candidates to fill their open job opportunities. If your recruiter gives you specific instructions about the next steps in the process, it is important to follow those instructions. If you follow up even after being told they will contact you as a next step, you are demonstrating you cannot follow directions (and no company wants employees who are incapable of following instructions). Likewise, if there is another step in the hiring process, such as skills testing or additional documentation they need to get from you, follow up by completing it ASAP so you aren’t standing in your own way.
Following up after interviewing with a staffing and recruiting agency is similar to following up after a traditional interview directly with the company you want to work for, but there are some key differences it is important for you to take into consideration so that you don’t accidentally impede your own job search.
The main thing to keep in mind is that your recruiter wants to place you in a position that will be a good fit for you, and they are working hard to do so. Don’t take valuable time away from them trying to place qualified candidates like yourself in positions, or accidentally disqualifying yourself from the running by making any of the above follow up mistakes.