POST VIDEO INTERVIEW BEST PRACTICES

In this section, learn about how to properly follow-up after a video interview.

So, you completed your video interview -- WOOHOO!! But, now what? The topic of post-interview etiquette has been researched, blogged about, and was lectured on in that mandatory college career prep class we all took as freshmen. The recruiting and hiring process has been increasingly changing due to advances in technology, so the interview follow-up has also experienced some minor changes.

How to Follow-Up After a Video Interview

Even when meeting virtually, the recruiter and/or hiring manager took time out of their day to send the invite and review your interview, so it’s only natural to go through similar follow-up routines as you would for an in-person interview.

How is the follow-up different?

One of the main differences between an in-person interview and a video interview is appropriate follow-up time. Just as you would for an in-person interview, it is highly recommended to send a thank you email as soon as possible. This is so for both one-way and live video interviews so, collect your notes from the interview and send them over right away.

While not required, a handwritten thank you note as a follow-up to a video interview may help you stand out. If you decide to send a handwritten thank you, you’ll want to get it in the mail ASAP to avoid a delay.

Since there is a hard deadline for completing a one-way interview, it is good to reach out once you have completed the video interview, and then again 48 hours after the interview deadline. This way, you will come off as persistent and will be fresh in the interviewer’s mind.

Video Interview Follow Up Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist of tips and tricks for following up from a video interview effectively. In order to get the most out of this checklist, it is important you, the job seeker, knows how the companies hiring process works from the get-go. If you are unsure of how their hiring process works, feel free to ask your contact before even taking the video interview.

Send a tailored thank-you note.
Customize your thank-you note with information presented before and during the interview process. The more detailed, the better!
Be speedy.
When sending handwritten thank you notes, get them in the mail ASAP! Use your best penmanship when sending a handwritten thank you note. Turns out that calligraphy class did pay off.
Check back in.
The general rule of thumb is to give the employer at least 14 business days to review all applicants. After that, feel free to call and/or send an additional follow-up email to ask where you stand, and when you will be notified.
Space it out.
When calling to check in, if you don’t get connected on Monday, DON’T call back on Tuesday looking to get through.
Keep a positive mindset.
TIP - Some companies’ processes are longer than others. Staying upbeat while you wait to hear back will keep you motivated in your job search.

Follow-Up Thank You Note Templates

The key point to take away from these templates is to be short and sweet, yet express interest. Refer back to the interview to keep it highly on topic and be sure if you have questions, you address them in this note.

For a one-way interview:

Dear (Contact),

I am reaching out today to follow up on my one-way video interview I competed on (Date) for (Job Title) position at (Company).

Thank you for the opportunity and taking the time out of your day to review my interview.

I want to reiterate my high interest level in the (Job Title) position at (Company). (Insert a reason why you’re interested in the position).

I’m confident that I would be a great fit for this role because of (insert a quick pitch that’s relevant to what they’re looking for as outlined in the job description).

Thank you again, (Contact).

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

For a live interview:

Dear (Contact),

I am reaching out today to follow up on the live interview I had with you for the (Job Title) position at (Company) on (Date).

Thank you for the opportunity and taking the time out of your day to interview me.

I want to reiterate my high interest level in the (Job Title) position at (Company). (Insert a reason why you’re interested in the position based on something from the interview).

I’m confident that I would be a great fit for this role because of (insert a quick pitch that’s relevant to what was discussed in the interview).

Thank you again, (Contact).

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

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