Most job seekers breathe a heavy sigh of relief after the interview. “Whew, the hard part is over”. But, knowing how to properly follow up after an interview can help you leap ahead of other candidates. After all the work put into spiffing up resumes, perfecting cover letters, and pre-interview preparations, most applicants are ready kick up their feet and hope for a call back. But if you’re in it to win it, you can’t let the interview be the last time the hiring manager hears from you.
In fact, with just a bit more effort, you can make a huge impact on your chances of success. Hiring managers are often as overwhelmed by the interview process as you are. And like most things, they often opt for the path of least resistance. If you are one of the hiring manager’s top five picks for the position and you are the only one to properly follow up, you’ve just made this their decision a no brainer.
So, without further delay, here’s how to properly follow up after an interview…….
- Get A Time Frame at the Interview
The last thing you want to come off as after a great interview, is annoying or desperate. The best way to avoid this is to ask when the hiring manager expects to make a hiring decision. This way you know when to follow up.
- Send A Thank You Note
Send a thank you note to every person you interviewed with. A lot of people send thank you notes from the parking lot, but I recommend e-mailing thank you notes the next day. After a long day of interviews, it’s unlikely the hiring manager will make a hasty decision that very night. Chances are, he will wait until the following day at the earliest to begin sorting and organizing interviews into stacks. Also, after beign pulled away from his desk all day, he’s probably in “catch up” mode and only reading red flag e-mails anyways. Read this article for tips on how to properly send a Thank You Note.
- Send Supplemental Requirements ASAP
If additional forms, portfolios, references, etc are asked of you during or immediately after the interview, be sure you have them sent in the very same day. You want to show the hiring manager that you are reliable, pay attention to details, and are great with deadlines. Make sure the work you send in is proofed and free of grammatical mistakes.
- Long Term Follow Up E-mail
If the timeframe in which the hiring manager tells you a decision should be made has come and gone, then it’s perfectly appropriate to send a follow up e-mail. However, let 3-7 days pass after the given date before getting in touch. Do not, I repeat, do not ask for an update before this timeframe. Not only will it make you look desperate, but it’s just annoying. It’s like arriving an hour early to a dinner party….no one likes that guy. Also, keep your verbiage positive, rather than negative. Don’t say things like, “I never heard from you about the job”. Rather, try “I see you recently were named company of the year, so I bet you’ve been swamped with all sorts of new business. I wonder if you’d had a chance to make a final selection for your project management position. Congratulations on the well-deserved accolades and I look forward to hearing back.”
Knowing how to properly follow up after an interview will always give you an advantage! Best of luck!
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