Ways to Follow Up After a Job Interview
Going to job interviews can be a stressful process. We have only a few moments to make an impression that will last through the interviews that follow. Those initial minutes that we sit, answer questions and try to trigger something in the interviewer that will encourage them to put a star, checkmark, etc. on our resume, to signify we are worthy of further consideration, or getting the job in general. The key to having job success is showcasing oneself, and completing three steps for a successful interview and follow up in order to gain necessary recognition.
The after interview follow up is part of today’s interview process. Do not sit around waiting for a response. Instead, encourage the response wanted by being an interview star, and completing the follow up. Believe it or not, a quality follow up may be just want the perspective employer needs to see, in order to give us the desired position.
We sell ourselves in three ways when applying for a position. First, is our resume. This is the employer’s initial introduction to who we are, and what we can do. Second, is the personal sell, which takes place during the interview process. The Q and A of the interview gives the perspective boss the opportunity to “see” what we’re made of. Third, is the after interview follow up. This is where we reel in the interviewer, by continuing to show interest, and enthusiasm about the position.
There is a right way and wrong ways to do an interview and a follow up. We need to make sure we are doing things the right way, in order to make an ideal impression. After all, we do not want to seem overly desperate, or needy. We simply want to be recognized as the asset we can be.
A Positive Job Interview and Follow Up with these 3 Simple Steps
Let that interviewer know just how much you appreciate them with a note of gratitude. This can be sent the very day after the interview. There is no need to purchase a fancy collection of thank you note, just something simple will do. The point is to let the interviewer know that we appreciate the opportunity given during the interview, and to be considered for a position within the company. This does not insure that we will get the position applied for, but it does make sure we will get noticed more then the applicants that failed to send a thank you note.
- Who Are We?
Another follow up procedure is done during the actual interview and application process. If we want a chance at the position applied for, we need to make sure our contact information is correct. Make sure before walking out the door, or hitting send on the email, that our correct name, address, email, and cellular phone number are all listed, and easy to read. Making sure that our contact information is accurate is an important part of the application process, so we can make it to the follow up. If our initial contact information is wrong, we may never get the change for an interview.
- The Right Attitude
The right attitude can also make a lasting impression during an interview, phone call, or even an email communication. We have to have the right mix of firm, as in we know what we’re capable of, and flexible. Employers want someone who can adapt to the situation without panic or disruption. We need to show perspective employers that we are capable of taking charge, following instructions, and evolving with varying situations in order to succeed.
These three simple steps do not insure that we will get the job, but it does insure we will make a lasting impression. Even if we end up not getting the position applied for, it is important to thank the perspective employer for the opportunity, and ask to be kept in mind for positions we may qualify for in the future. Three simple steps that will eventually lead us towards the position we strive for.