For most people making a follow-up call after the interview can be difficult. Don’t underestimate the power of sending a personalized thank you letter. It can be agonizing waiting for that all-important phone call.
If your interviewer stated in the interview when you would hear of their decision and the date has come and gone without hearing anything, it is perfectly reasonable to call the school at that time to follow up. If they did not specify when or if they would be in touch with you, you can make a follow-up call about a week after your interview.
Calling to find out the hiring process’s status will help remind the interview committee of who you are and your continued interest in the teaching position.
When making the follow-up call speak directly with the person who interviewed you.
Ask for your interviewer by name. Fully introduce yourself and tell them why you are calling, as they may not remember who you are.
If, upon phoning, you find out the hiring process is taking longer than originally expected, and no decision has yet been reached, ask if and when you may call back. Don’t make the mistake of continuing to call, as this will annoy your potential employer and may ruin your chances of landing the job. If the interviewer expresses they will call you when they have reached a decision, make sure to find out when they expect it. Before ending the conversation, don’t forget to thank them for their time.
If you are informed that you didn’t get the teaching job, it is fine to ask why you weren’t awarded the job tactfully and sincerely. This is another important reason why the follow-up phone call is so important.
The information and feedback you receive from your interviewer can help you in future job interviews. Learn from the follow-up call areas you can improve for future interviews to increase the odds of landing job offers. Before ending the conversation, thank them for their time and for considering you, as well as for providing you with helpful feedback.
If you are offered the position, congratulations!
Don’t forget you are allowed to show your enthusiasm. You should be excited! Show your appreciation to the interviewer for selecting you. Record all information they may provide to you about start dates, classroom locations, dress codes, as this is important information you will need to start your new teaching position.
This would be the appropriate time to discuss contract details, salary, and the like or set up a time in the future. Upon starting a new teaching assignment, there will be no surprises or anything left up in the air regarding the position requirements and compensation package.