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Telephone Interview Follow up

An interviewer may face a situation in which he or she simply does not have enough time to conduct an in-person interview with every applicant. In these cases, the interviewer may elect to conduct a phone interview rather than a standard interview with the applicants that he or she needs to interview. These phone interviews are typically very similar to the video and/or traditional interviews that employers use. As a result, a job applicant may be required to perform just as much preparation and follow up as he or she would be required to perform for any other interview. However, it is important to note that there are a couple of slight differences between the standard strategy for following up an interview and the strategy that an individual should use for a telephone interview follow up.

First, once the phone interview is over, you should send an e-mail or a letter to the interviewer thanking him or her for taking the time to conduct the interview. This letter should be very similar to the letter that you would send for any other follow up, but there should be one major difference. In this letter, you must make it clear that you would appreciate the opportunity to meet with the interviewer for a face-to-face interview to discuss the position. This request is unnecessary for a traditional interview, but it is essential for a phone interview because it shows the interviewer that you are interested in the position and that you are willing to do what it takes to get the position.

Secondly, after you have sent an e-mail or a letter thanking the interviewer, you should wait four to five days before you make a phone call to follow up the telephone interview. This call should be very similar to the follow up call that you would make for any other interview except that you must make it clear that you would appreciate the opportunity to meet with the interviewer face-to-face unless the interviewer has already told you that a face-to-face meeting is impossible or that he or she has already set a date for you to do so.

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Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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