- It’s challenging to figure out just how many times you should follow up with the boss of your dream job after a great interview.
- Not checking in makes you seem disinterested, but sending too many follow-ups will make you look desperate.
- Here’s how to navigate that tricky situation, and prove to the interviewers that you’re a great team player.
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You wrote the perfect résumé. You quickly landed a job interview. You nailed the meeting — and you’re pretty sure they loved you.
But you can still screw it all up.
Your follow-up plays a bigger part in the process than you may realize, said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
“The quality of your follow-up can underscore a successful interview, or sabotage it,” Taylor told Business Insider.
The interview thank you email is a crucial step in landing your dream job — your strategy post-interview can be a way for you to stand out from your competition. For example, your follow-up note can slip through the cracks if you don’t frame it with a clear subject line. Not sending a thank you email quickly enough (or at all) can seriously hurt your chances — as can checking in excessively.
“Following up with hiring managers is tricky to navigate because it’s not always easy to gauge your standing, and a lot is at stake,” Taylor said. “Sometimes, if the chemistry is right, you can flat out ask where you stand, but that’s a big ‘if.'”
You want to come off as interested, not desperate or impatient.
So, how can you strike that perfect balance?
Taylor said the follow-up process will look different depending on your specific situation. But, here are some general guidelines on how many times you should check in after the interview.