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    Waiting is always the hardest part. Or at least, it can be when it comes to landing a job.

    There's a certain etiquette to adhere to following a job interview.After you've gone through the interview process, it can take days or weeks for a particular company to let you know if you did or did not land the job. In the latter instance, you might never hear back from the company.

    Should you follow up with the company? In short, yes. Here are a few tips to remember following an interview:

    Write a follow-up email
    

Allyson Willoughby, senior vice president of people at Glassdoor, a career site where employees anonymously post information about their companies, positions and salaries, told Mashable that following up is vital if you want to show interest in the position.

    Here comes the tricky part. While following up is critical, Willoughby said it's important to not harass a hiring manager. Be courteous, be polite and be concise.

    "You don't want to pester until you get an answer, but rather keep yourself in [the hiring team's] minds as they make the decision," Willoughby said. "A great approach is to ask about their timeline for making a hiring decision before you leave the interview. This will help you to properly time your follow-up attempts. In addition, a quick 'thank you' [email] is always a nice touch."

    Many experts believe it's important to send some kind of communication quickly after the interview process. Nathan Mirizio, content marketing writer at The Resumator, a recruiting software company, said it's always a good idea to follow up unless the recruiter states to do otherwise.

    The type of medium to use

    Mirizio said the best medium for a follow-up is the last form of communication you had with a recruiter: by phone, email, text or mail.

    "Go with that medium, or follow whatever instructions have been given to you," he said. "Email is always a safe bet, but always contact recruiters through their business accounts. Personal email accounts and phone numbers are for personal friends, and trying to reach [hiring managers] at home can be an awfully quick turnoff."

    But Roy Cohen, a career coach who specializes in financial services and is the author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide: Success Secrets of a Career Coach, believes one type of medium should be avoided.

    Cohen said while some prospective job seekers think a handwritten note will make them stand out, Cohen thinks it's more likely to "make you look like a dinosaur."

    Writing more than one follow-up
    If you still haven't heard back from a potential employer after your initial thank you following your interview, Willoughby believes that it's okay to send one more polite inquiry if a week has gone by - or however long the recruiter said their candidate search would go.

    "If you're following up multiple times after each interview, that's likely not appreciated," Willoughby said. "However, if the company has given you a set time frame and exceeded it by longer than a week, a well-written follow-up note is reasonable. It should be concise and friendly. Don't necessarily remind them that they haven't gotten back to you, but rather use the time frame provided as the reason for your follow up."

    Willoughby thinks an unobtrusive way to phrase your message is something like, "I know you mentioned you were hoping to make a final hiring decision by the end of the month, and I wanted to follow up and see where you are in that process."

    If you don't think you did well on the interview and don't think you'll get the job, Cohen said you can respond with, "I felt I didn't represent myself in the best possible light."

    At the least, Cohen said you should want the hiring manager to become a networking contact.