Knowing What to Do Immediately Following A
Job Interview Can Significantly Increase Your Chances of Being Hired
So you've had your interview, you've shaken hands with your interviewer(s),
now you go home and wait for a call, right? This is what many job
seekers do. That's a huge mistake!
They waste days, weeks and sometimes months anxiously waiting for
that call. If they get a call back at all, it is all too often that
they hear from the employer, "Sorry, but we chose someone else
for this position..."
Do not let this happen to you without taking action.
The problem is that most job seekers don't know how to effectively
follow-up on their job interview immediately following the interview.
They don't realize that, although conducting an interview is an
important step to getting a job, it's certainly not a guarantee
to employment! They must move on to the next step in the process.
The interview is like a first date, where both parties determine
if they are right for each other. And like first dates, if one of
those parties doesn't show interest and a willingness to make an
effort, the other party may very well decide to move on.
However, proper follow-up of an interview will ensure that you'll
make a strong, favorable impression in the mind of the interviewer,
and that you're not forgotten and pushed aside.
Smart job seekers know to take advantage of good interview by using
effective follow-up strategies immediately following the interview.
According to Craig Kagel from Advantage Resume, it's a know fact
that very few people actually follow up with employers in the form
of a thank you letter or direct phone call after the interview.
Know this! Employers are positively surprised when a job seeker
does follow-up with a friendly thank you letter thanking them (the
interviewer) for taking the time to interview you.
It's a know fact that interviewer's remember these people far more
often than they remember people who simply wait for a call.
There are many things you can do to ensure a strong follow-up to
an interview and make a strong, favorable impression on your potential
Ask the interviewer what the next step is.
Surprisingly, many people forget to simply
ask what the next step is when the interview is over. Asking your
interviewer what the next step that you should take is can relieve
a lot of your anxiety, as it lets you clearly know what direction
to take next.
Send thank-you notes.
As was mentioned earlier, very few people send thank-you notes
to the interviewer after an interview. Following this incredibly
simple step is an excellent form of etiquette to thank the interviewer
for taking the time out of their day to talk to you personally.
The old adage that time is money is true, and communicating this
to a prospective employer demonstrates that you understand and appreciate
their time - this is priceless.
A thank-you note is also a wonderful tool to use for clearing up
anything that may have been forgotten during the interview. If you
remember an important piece of information you forgot to communicate
during the interview, the thank-you note is a great place to let
the interviewer know.
Thank you notes are also an excellent medium to reaffirm your interest
in the position, as well as reiterate the next step you asked about
after the interview.
Make sure to keep the language professional, use a professional
closing, and keep the letter short. For those of you who were smart
enough to attend our free workshop or purchase our training system,
we've provided you with some excellent examples of thank you notes.
Remember this, while the thank-you note can be used to expand upon
information, it is a poor place to add more information about your
skills and abilities. Don't talk about your skills and abilities
when you send a thank-you note.
How do you know where to send the thank-you note? Make sure to
collect the cards of all interviewers and anyone who was especially
helpful to you after the interview. If these aren't available, you
can ask for contact information (make sure to get the proper spelling
of everyone's name!) and mention those that were helpful to you
in the thank-you note.
Create and send the thank-you note the same day, or the next day
at the absolute latest. You want that note to be on the desk of
the person who'll make the decision about considering you for employment
as soon as possible. Know that it can take inter-office mail up
to 5 days to get into the hand of the person who the mail was sent
Stay in contact.
If you haven't heard from the employer within the timeframe they
gave you, call them and make a polite inquiry about the position
and when you can expect to receive a decision.
Also make an inquiry a week to ten days after the interview to reaffirm
your interest in the position and to inquire about it. Make sure
to remain polite, friendly, and patient. Don't annoy the employer,
but remain persistent.
When you call, introduce yourself, ask to speak to the person who
interviewed you and tell them why you are calling. If they haven't
yet made a decision, ask them when the best time to call back would
be and then schedule that call back time.
Even if you didn't get the job, make sure to thank them again.
When done consistently, this will increase your chances of being
called up in the event that the other candidate doesn't work out
and you were in fact considered as another candidate for the position.
What to do if you aren't hired.
Finding out you weren't hired after you've gone through all the
effort of applying, interviewing and following up can be incredibly
Never give up! Timely follow-up and appropriate communication will
show your professionalism and will help you to stay in the employer's
mind as someone to be considered if they have another position open,
or if their first choice doesn't work out. Send another thank-you
note thanking them for their willingness to consider you and to
express interest in any other opportunities the employer may have.