Upon leaving your interview, you feel great. You showed confidence, were well spoken and answered all the questions to the best of your ability. You walk out with your head high and your fingers crossed. Now all that’s left to do is to wait for them to call with a job offer, right?
Not exactly. With such a significant number of candidates interviewing for the same position, it’s imperative you do what you can to make yourself stand out – even after the interview is over.
While the follow-up process can be a daunting one, it’s a great way to remind the employer of your interest in the position. So what’s the best way to ensure you’re at the forefront without being annoying? These six ways will show you how to efficiently follow-up after your next job interview.
- Ask what the next steps are – At the end of the interview, find out when you can expect to hear from the company. Doing this will help you get a better understanding as to when you should reach out next.
- Send a “thank you” email – Within 24 hours of the interview, send an individual email to everyone who was involved in the process. Thank them for having you come in for an interview, while at the same time reminding them of your excitement for the role.
- Follow-up periodically – If you sent the “thank you” email and still haven’t heard back, you might want to start checking in periodically. Avoid asking for anything or bothering the hiring manager. Your goal should be to stay on top of the employer’s mind, while at the same time, showing them that you really want the position.
- Keep it professional – While you may have hit it off with the interviewer when sitting face to face, your follow-up communication should still be kept professional. You don’t want the employer to get the wrong idea about you, so show them you take the job, and the company, serious.
- Show how you can benefit the company – During the interview, the employer should have learned about you and your qualifications. So, when it’s time to follow-up, remind them of how your qualifications can contribute to the company. Also, when you re-express your interest in a role, you’re showing the company that you’re continuing to think about the position.
- Learn when to move on – If you’ve done all the previous steps, and still haven’t heard from the company, it may be time to move on. Put your focus into finding other opportunities you may be better suited for. You never know what’s happening within the company, so don’t be discouraged by the rejection and keep going.
Hopefully, these tips will help you feel just as confident after the interview as you felt during it. If you’re searching for a job because you’re unemployed, underemployed, or feel stuck in your position, The Jobs Partnership can help. Our LifeWorks training course opens up a whole new world of career possibilities by introducing you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Want to learn more? Apply now to our free career development program.