Your job interview has finally ended. However, nowadays, doing well in the interview is not going to be enough to land the job. There are things you need to, including a follow-up email, but it really starts before you leave the interview. You see, the ‘last impression’ matters, too.
But let’s back up one second to something you need to do during the interview. You must take notes. That information will prove valuable during your follow up tasks.
So before you leave the interview, be sure and ask about the next steps of the process. When you thank the interviewer, it’s essential that you do so by addressing them by their name. Also, get contact information and a business card if at all possible.
Want to set yourself apart? Have a nice word of appreciation to whomever it was that welcomed you and led you to your interview. They will appreciate it and they will share what you did.
Another way to show your interest is to take any available literature with you that might be in the waiting room, whether its a brochure, flyer or newsletter. It’s important that your prospective employer sees that you are interested in the company. Now you need to actually look at that information. It may provide something for you that you can discuss during a follow-up email or even a second interview.
Now it’s time to start taking action on the follow-up tasks you need to do once you leave the interview.
The first thing you need to do is to send a follow-up email to the interviewer thanking them for their time. It’s also very important to let them know that you are interested in the position. Finally, include, very briefly, why you are the best candidate for the job.
Everyone uses email nowadays. It’s easy. But for some things, when you really want to set yourself apart, you need to go old school with snail mail. That includes now. Be sure and send a handwritten thank-you note, done on professional stationery. Take out your notes from the interview and use them to personalize the note, don’t send some boring template that looks like it could go to a thousand different people.
Respect your references by contacting them about your interview. Let them know that they may be getting contacted by a potential employer. It’s also important that you thank them once again for being a reference for you.
If you haven’t done so already, and you really should have done this before starting a job search, it’s time to check out your social media accounts. Businesses always check social media of potential employees nowadays. It tells them a lot about you. This means get rid of all potential problem posts, such as political posts or partying posts. Also, try ensure that your LinkedIn profile looks professional.
There are potential employers that ask you to follow up. Those that do, usually ask you do it in a specific way, such as email or a phone call, and they ask for specific information. It’s crucial that you follow their instructions regarding this follow-up. If they ask you to call in three days, don’t call in two. If they want an email follow up, don’t call instead. After all, if you can’t follow simple instructions like this, when you should be putting your best foot forward, what are you going to be like on the job?
Because you asked about the next step at the end of the interview you should have a time frame as to when they will contact you. If that time frame has passed, it’s okay to follow up with a phone call to let them know you are still interested in the job. Don’t comment on the fact that they didn’t contact you when they said, or pressure them on a decision. Hiring is a long process and they may simply be behind the schedule that they had wanted. Be professional, and let them know you are still interested in the job.
If they are still going through the process and you are still a candidate, ask them about next steps again before you get off the phone.
When you leave the interview you should know those next steps, such as when to call, or maybe they are going to call you. Without that information, you’ll be wondering when or if you should follow up if you haven’t heard from them.
Preparing for an interview takes time and effort. Don’t ruin it by handling the post-interview the wrong way. Get next steps, write your thank you letter, prepare for the follow-up and land that job.