What to Write in a Second Follow-Up Email After a Job Interview

2019-09-04T06:29:36+00:00September 2, 2014|

Congratulations on a successful job interview! It’s finally over – you can now breathe a sigh of relief after what felt like years of preparing for it. But what happens next? It’s been over a week and you haven’t heard from the company, even after sending your thank-you letter and first follow-up email. Should you just keep waiting for the company’s phone call? Generally, what you do after the interview is as important as what you do during it. You might either earn or lose the job offer. In this case, you should send a second follow-up email.

How Soon Should You Send a Second Follow-Up Email?

Ideally, you have to wait for one to one and a half weeks before you write a second follow-up email after the interview. Employers are after passionate and committed applicants, not desperate ones. So sending it too early is most likely a bad idea.

How Write an Effective Second Follow-Up Email

When you compose an e-mail, what are the things you need to include? Here are some tips on how to write a follow-up email that is guaranteed a response.:

  1. Reiterate your interest for the job.

    After patiently waiting for more than a week, be sure to tell them that you’ve been thinking about the position. Let them know that you’re still excited and enthusiastic about getting the job.

  2. Tell them why you’re a good fit for the post.

    In your second follow-up email, it’s a given that you explain why you would be an asset to the company and a perfect fit for the job. No harm in reminding your interviewer the types of skills you can bring to the table and how you can bring a positive impact. It won’t be new information, but it’s worth emphasizing.

  3. Show off an accomplishment (if applicable).

    This isn’t always possible, but in certain fields and situations, you may have a recent accomplishment to show off. For example, if you’ve worked in PR and made significant impact to your company’s success, you can tell the story behind it and how you did it. Similarly, you can mention a time such as when you organized an event that went off without a hitch. These stories will add to your credibility and will increase your chances of getting hired.

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  4. Ask about the next steps.

    The most important part of a second follow-up email is to find out the next thing you should do. While reaching out, you cannot speed up the process. The goal is to get information so you are in the loop. Further, great recruiters will be transparent with you about the process and timeline. They will also let you know if they need additional information from you.

  5. Know when it’s time to quit and not “stalk.”

    Things get busy and this doesn’t always happen. But if you’ve made follow-ups a few times over the course of a month or two and heard nothing, it’s time to back off. Try not to get disheartened – it is bound to happen sometimes. Take your energy and experience and bring them to the next company you’re excited about.We hope that these tips can guide you on how to write a second follow-up e-mail after an interview. For more information and helpful career tips, visit our blogs pages.

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