With the job market being what it is, every applicant needs a leg up on the competition. Following up is the best way to ensure that you remain at the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind. You can’t just lie back in the cut and wait for someone to get back to you, or else you run the risk of appearing disinterested. Try too hard to get in touch, however, and you seem desperate. Both are turn-offs. Here’s the follow-up sweet spot that will place you in an excellent position after an interview.

Sending a note of thanks

The same day of your interview, write an email to the hiring manager. Thank them for the opportunity. Talk about aspects of the meeting and the job that piqued your interest. Let them know that you look forward to hearing from them.

Rest on the email until the next morning, then reread it, edit as necessary, and send it. Never wait longer than the day after the interview to drop a note.

Waiting a few days

Every interviewer promises you that you’ll hear something within the next few days. Ideally, you also asked what to expect before leaving the interview.

If you haven’t heard from anyone by the date they gave you, then it’s perfectly acceptable to reach out and make an inquiry. Some hiring managers also invite interviewees to get in touch after a specific date. You can send an email then, as well.

Following positive feedback

Does it seem like every interaction you have with the hiring manager is hopeful and positive? In that case, feel free to reach out and follow up once more.

Gauge the interviewer’s interest first. At this point, unless you have positive feedback, it may be better to give up the ghost. How do you usually follow up after a job interview? Do you wait to hear from someone or do you take the initiative?