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Recruitment Agencies: How to Follow up After a Job Interview?

Sandra Wilk - Senior Content Creator at Woodpecker

As a middle-man handling the communication between employers and candidates you’ve got a lot on your plate. There’s identifying the traits of a perfect candidate for a position, reaching out, and keeping track of who’s where in the recruitment process…

Would you like to make it easier? See how to communicate with candidates and employers after an interview.

How to write a follow-up email after an interview? (to an employer)

Craft a short and simple message to touch base after the interview and see whether the applicant met your client’s expectations or not. Your email may look as simple as this one:

You should set up a follow-up message to this one. Why? Because your email might get buried under other messages, or your client may forget to write you back.

You might schedule the second message to go out after, let’s say, one or two days pass without your client’s response.

It’s easy to lose track of whom you already wrote to, who responded and who didn’t. That’s why an email automation tool could help you speed up and better organize the recruitment process.

Usually, we recommend providing additional value in our follow-up to convince the addressee to respond. In this case, though, since you already have a relationship with the hiring manager, just a few words should be enough. You just want to point them back to your previous message. Write in the same thread, so the client doesn’t need to look for your previous email.

The good thing is that you don’t really need to wreck your brain while writing those emails. Just imagine you’re talking to your client face-to-face. What would you say? Tweak it a bit and you’re good to go.

How to write a follow-up email after an interview? (to an applicant)

There are two possible scenarios here: either your client is interested in a candidate or not. Regardless – you should inform the applicant which one it is.

#1 the ‘interested’ email

What information should you include?

The company’s name and position the candidate applied for – that’s for sure.

It’s also important to include a clear explanation of the next stage. What’s going to happen now – does your client want to meet up for a second interview? Or are they going to prepare an employment contract because they’re set on hiring the applicant? And if so, when is it going to happen?

In this case it’s also important to send the email as soon as you learn what your client’s decision is. Candidates often apply for several jobs or more, and the last thing you’d want as a recruiter is to learn that you won’t be able to successfully finish the hiring process simply because you’ve sent the follow-up email too late.

Your email might look like this one:

Or if your client already decided they want a certain applicant on board, your follow-up email after an interview might look like this:

#2 the ‘not interested’ email

You should also inform the applicant if they didn’t land the job. Here’s what such an email might look like:

Over to you

So there you have it – some email templates to use as an inspiration for when you’re writing your follow-up email after an interview.

If you’d like to learn more about how recruitment agencies can use Woodpecker to streamline the recruitment process, check out this post.