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Post-interview etiquette: How to follow up effectively

International teachers

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the interview process for your next international teaching position. Now, it’s time to reinforce your candidacy and express gratitude through thoughtful post-interview etiquette.

In this blog, we’ll explore the art of following up effectively, focusing on crafting impactful thank-you emails and expressing continued interest in the position.

 

Tips for crafting an impactful thank you email

  1. Timing is key

Sending a thank-you email promptly after the interview is essential. Aim to send it within 24-48 hours while the conversation and your performance are still fresh in the interviewer’s mind.

  1. Personalisation matters

Craft a personalised thank you email that goes beyond a generic message. Reference specific points from the interview to show that you were attentive and genuinely engaged.

  1. Express gratitude

Begin your email with a sincere expression of gratitude for the opportunity to interview for the position. Acknowledge the interviewer’s time and convey appreciation for the insights gained during the conversation.

  1. Reinforce your fit for the role

Take the opportunity to reiterate your enthusiasm for the position and highlight key points that showcase your qualifications. Emphasise how your skills and experience align with the needs of the role.

  1. Address any key points

If there were specific questions or concerns raised during the interview, address them in your thank you email. This demonstrates your proactive approach and commitment to addressing potential challenges.

 

Tips for expressing continued interest in the position

  1. Reaffirm your enthusiasm

In subsequent follow-up communications, reiterate your continued interest in the position. Briefly mention what excites you about the role and how it aligns with your career goals.

  1. Inquire about next steps

Politely express your eagerness to move forward in the process and inquire about the anticipated timeline for the decision-making process. This shows that you are proactive and committed to the opportunity.

  1. Offer additional information

If there’s any additional information, references, or portfolio items you think could strengthen your candidacy, offer them in your follow-up communications. This demonstrates your commitment to going above and beyond.

  1. Professional persistence

While expressing continued interest is crucial, maintain a balance. Avoid excessive follow-up that may come across as pushy. A well-timed and thoughtful follow-up is more impactful than frequent messages.

 

Post-interview etiquette is a reflection of your professionalism and genuine interest in the position. Crafting impactful thank-you emails and expressing continued interest in the role can set you apart from other candidates.

Remember, effective follow-up is not only about showing gratitude but also about reaffirming your fit for the position and maintaining a positive and proactive presence in the minds of the decision-makers.

Hit send on that well-crafted thank-you email and navigate the post-interview phase with confidence!

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