Most career counselors and recruiting experts will tell you that following up after an interview is a must, especially if you really want the job and want the hiring manager to know it. Plus, following up after the interview gives you the chance to continue the conversation after the interview is over, or get a little closure to the interview process. The question though, is what’s the best way to follow up? The folks at HR Bartender have some suggestions.

In most cases, they say, an email is the best way to follow up after an interview—it’s fast, friendly, and unobtrusive, and doesn’t put pressure on the hiring manager to stop everything they’re doing and take your phone call, listen to your voicemail and call you back, or return a paper letter. The HR Bartender folks do note however that a paper note can often really stand out—you just have to use your judgment as to whether that would be in a good or bad way.

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