Preparing for a job interview can be taxing, but it can be almost as challenging to figure out just how many times you should follow up with the boss of your dream job after a great interview. Your follow-up plays a bigger part in the process than you may realise, said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job . “The quality of your follow-up can underscore a successful interview, or sabotage it,” Taylor said. The interview thank you email is a crucial step in landing your dream job – your strategy post-interview can be a way for you to stand out from your competition. For example, your follow-up note can slip through the cracks if you don’t frame it with a clear subject line. Not sending a thank you email quickly enough (or at all) can seriously hurt your chances – as can checking in excessively. “Following up with hiring managers is tricky to navigate because it’s not always easy to gauge your standing, and a lot is at stake,” Taylor said. “Sometimes, if the chemistry is right, you can flat out ask where you stand, but that’s a big ‘if’.” Top tips for applying for work experience or internships Not checking in makes you seem disinterested, but sending too many follow-ups will make you look desperate. So how can you strike that perfect balance? Taylor said the follow-up process will look different depending on your specific situation. Here’s how to navigate that tricky situation, and prove to the interviewers that you’re a great team player, and some general guidelines on how many times you should check in after the interview. Check-in #1: The initial follow-up Sending a stand-out thank you note is an easy way to stand out from a host of candidates. Write a thank you by email that afternoon if your interview was in the morning. If it was in the afternoon, send it over first thing the next day. “Hiring managers are gauging your enthusiasm, and by being prompt, your action speaks volumes. It also shows respect for their time,” Taylor said. The thank you note is also a great venue to expand once more on what you can bring to the organisation and how you're an ideal fit. “The thank you note can and should be a very empowering part of the interview process for you,” Taylor said. “For instance, by mentioning what intrigues you about the department or company after having met the key players, you’re demonstrating your listening abilities, how you process information, and how you apply it in selling ‘the fit’. It’s your opportunity to market yourself and demonstrate how well you fit the corporate culture.” Check-in #2: A couple of days after they said you’d hear from them Amy Hoover, former executive vice president at TalentZoo, suggested that a smart question to ask during an interview is “What’s the best way to follow up after today?” That way, you get a definitive timeline on when you should expect to hear back from the employer. Hopefully you asked, “When can I expect to hear from you again?” or “When do you expect to make a decision?” in the interview. 5 ways to handle criticism like a boss (and like a *boss*) If you did, and they mentioned a specific day or time frame (“By the end of next week” or “By Monday”, etc), it’s acceptable to check in a few days after that date passes. Check-in #3: When they ask you to check in again Perhaps their email said something like, ”We are still interviewing candidates and should be making a decision soon. If you don’t hear from me by Thursday, please feel free to follow up.” If so, go right ahead and do just that. Check-in #4: If, and only if, they still seem very interested in you If you aren’t getting any feedback, then be careful not to pester the hiring manager or HR. You don’t want to appear desperate; there’s a fine line between enthusiasm and being too aggressive. “If you’ve received positive feedback each time you’ve talked to the hiring manager, or are asked to keep them apprised of your job search progress, you have the green light to keep the lines of communication open until told otherwise, ‘We will get in touch with you’, or get no response,” Taylor said. How you approach this tricky part of the interview process speaks to your ability to fit into the workplace culture. “This is a litmus test of your emotional intelligence, which can override your credentials,” Taylor said. “Your handling of follow-up can confirm that you’re courteous, respectful, reliable, and a team player. Or, you can appear disinterested or disorganised by not responding on a timely basis.” Check-in #5: If weeks or months go by and they still haven’t made a decision If the job opening lasts for a couple weeks or months – and they still seem interested in you – there’s no harm in keeping in touch and sending another email or two. “But vary your messages,” Taylor said. “You might send links to interesting articles; let the hiring manager know of a relevant industry webcast or seminar; keep them apprised of any kudos you’ve received at your current job; a charitable project you just completed, and so on.” Check-in #6: If you didn’t get the job, but want to thank them again for their time and consideration Hopefully, you do get the job and don’t have to send this “thank you anyway” email. But if you don’t, it’s smart to send one last (non-bitter) email thanking them for their time and consideration – and asking if they might be able to share any feedback. How to set goals and stay motivated until you’ve achieved them You can also say something like, “If you think I might be a good fit for any roles that open up in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be very interested in exploring other opportunities here.” Read the original article here . This article was curated by Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.