You applied for a job, received a call, and even scored an interview. The interview is over, and you thought it went pretty well, but up next is the hard part: waiting. You would love to have this job, but aren’t sure what to do next. Our team at Atlas Consulting has compiled some tips for you on how to follow up after an interview.
- Write a thank-you note immediately after the interview. Yes, a handwritten thank you note (that will be sent via snail mail). Of course you could send an email, but chances are that email will get lost in the interviewers inbox. A handwritten thank-you note will set you apart from the competition. In the thank-you note, don’t forget to “sell” yourself to the interviewer, and add a line about why you would be the best candidate for the position.
- Before the interview ends, ask the person interviewing you if you can connect with them via LinkedIn and then be sure to do so. Think of your interview as a chance to build a professional relationship with someone. If something non-job related comes up during the interview, use the opportunity to help make a strong connection. For example, did the interviewer mention his interest in learning a new language? Introduce them to your excellent language tutor via LinkedIn. It’s a great opportunity to connect.
- If you haven’t heard back in a few weeks, don’t panic. Instead you should tastefully follow up. If the interviewer tells you they will make a decision on a candidate in one week and you haven’t heard back, it’s okay to send one more note. Email the interviewer with a polite inquiry asking where they are in the hiring process. Don’t continue to send weekly follow-up emails if you don’t hear back. You’ll be cluttering the interviewers inbox, which may be a bit annoying.
Following up is an important part of the interview process, so don’t forget this key step. These tips will get you started, but for more strategies on successfully following up, contact one of our expert recruiters today!