You got the interview! Great. Sell yourself, answer all questions to the best of your ability, be courteous and dress well. Once you leave that office, what’s next? Many people fail to follow-up! Why is it important? Many interviews are taking place for that very position on that very day – you need to stand out from the rest!
How do you follow-up the right way?
- Immediately Follow Up
Write down everything you can remember from the interview, including the responsibilities of the position as you understand them, any key points or concerns discussed (particularly any deficits noted), specific goals or projects for which the position is responsible, names of key personnel in the company, and any other issues or information you have learned about the company or interviewer that is of value.
- Next Contact Your References
Contact your references to let them know that a call will be coming and from whom (name of interviewer and name of company). Tell them about the position (title and responsibilities) and key areas that may need to be addressed.
- Prepare a Thank You Note
Using your interview notes, prepare a note of thanks. Make certain your handwriting is legible and neat, and that you lean more toward the conservative notecard rather than something fancy. You should send a “Thank you” card to each individual involved in your interview. Keep this note brief and to-the-point. Thank your interviewer for their time and consideration; reiterate, briefly, the key points discussed in the interview and your potential contributions; and restate your interest in working in this particular position for this company. Offer to make additional information available, “If I may provide you with any further information in your consideration of me as a candidate, please, let me know. I will gladly make this available to you.” You should write and send this card the same day as your interview.
Send a “Thank you” card to all individuals who provided you with a reference. Depending on the individual, this can be formal or informal, but do not forget to show your appreciation to those people who have gone to bat for you.
If you have not heard back from the interviewer within the two weeks following your interview, do not become disheartened. Filling a position can be a time-consuming process. Do follow up with all positions at this two-week point with a call or letter indicating your continued interest in the position and company … and keep interviewing! No position is a guarantee until the position has been offered and accepted. If you still have not heard something in 6 weeks’ time, make one final attempt at contacting the appropriate parties, and then move on. Keep this little mantra in your head: No? … NEXT!Top 3 Job Interview Follow Up Tips by Harrison Barnes