Immediately after the Interview
It's always good etiquette to thank your interviewers for their time and if you haven't asked about the hiring timeline, you can do so in this note. Ana Galvis, senior manager, diagnostics recruiting, notes that recruiters are accustomed to fielding questions about next steps. Plus, this further demonstrates your interest in the company.
Send a thank you note within 24 hours, whether physical or via email, to each person who interviewed you. "It leaves the people you spoke to with a good feeling," Galvis said.
Weeks following the Interview
Don’t panic if you don't hear back immediately after sending your thank you notes. Remember the person you contacted may be busy or out of the office. But if you still haven't heard back a week later, it's safe to follow up.
Of course, if you already know the hiring timeline, you'll want to wait to respond until after that time has passed.
"If the company says, 'two weeks,' then wait two weeks and then respond back after that," Quick said.
Keep your interview follow-up notes short and to the point, letting the recruiter or hiring manager know you're looking for an update.
If, in the meantime, you receive a job offer from a second company, let the first recruiter or hiring manager know. You can either say you've taken the job and would like to stay in touch for future opportunities or you can express your continued interest in the open position. You can ask if they have a timeline for deciding and gauge whether it's worth the risk of keeping your other offer waiting.