How to follow up after a job interview

Keep your name fresh in an interviewer’s mind without going too far.
Your job hunt is in the home stretch. Your prospective employer has your résumé, and you’ve completed the interviews. What’s next? Do you sit back and wait or follow up immediately? Is a handwritten note the best approach, or would an email or a phone call make more sense? Should you get creative or play it safe?

Start with a follow-up email, advised Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of the Protocol School of Texas based in San Antonio. Email is an appropriate way to keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind in the evolving world of business etiquette. “Before, we would say an email is impersonal, and it’s not as professional, but the reality is we are in an electronic world,” she said. “We live digitally and quickly. I don’t suggest a text, but I do suggest a quick response.”

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