Your job interview went well, and now all you have to do is wait for a response, right? Actually, if you want the job then you need to know how to follow up on the interview and show that you have a strong interest in the position.
In many cases, a company does not make up its mind until it sees which candidate did the best follow-up on their interview and showed the strongest interest in the job.
Follow these post-job interview tips to ensure you’re making the best impression and setting yourself up for success.
During the Interview Process
You may think you know all about how to interview, but did you know it’s important to collect business cards while you’re there? In order to do a comprehensive and effective follow-up to your job interview, you need to know who you to follow up with.
Prior to talking to each person at your interview, ask for a business card from that person so that you have the contact information you need.
If someone you interview with does not have a business card, then get their name, title, and at least one contact method, such as an email address.
Immediately After the Interview Is Over
So now you know how to get in contact with the right person, but now you need to know how to follow up. You need to send out some sort of correspondence immediately after the interview to thank each person for their time.
While emails are the easiest way to send a message, they are also the most impersonal. Your best method is to send something through standard mail and make a good impression. You have two choices when it comes to correspondence to send after an interview: a “thank you” card, or a handwritten letter.
Either is appropriate, so long as the format and wording is professional. If your handwriting is not strong, then write your letters with a word processor, but be sure to personalize and sign each letter individually. In your correspondence, be sure to mention that you will be following up in one week to see what progress has been made in the interview process. This is critically important in setting up the next step in your interview follow-up.
One Week After the Interview
Wait one full week (seven days) and then make your follow-up phone calls to your interview contacts.
When you call to follow up on your interview, identify yourself to each contact you talk to and remind them of the day and time that your interview was conducted. After you have identified yourself, your next step is to ask where the company is in the interview process and how your credentials are stacking up.
At this point, you should also ask if the company needs you to send in any references or other materials. If you get voicemail, then leave a concise message with your phone number. It’s a good idea to write out a script for your voicemails.
Two Weeks After the Interview
If you left voicemails instead of talking to people in your one-week follow up, then wait an extra week and then try again. Your objective is to show persistence and continued interest in the job, but you do not want to be a pest. Waiting one week in between calls is not only professional, but it is appreciated by the interviewers.
After the Follow-Up Calls
After your initial follow-up phone calls, you should attempt to contact the interviewers at least two more times by phone. As with your initial follow-up calls, you should wait one week between each call. If there is no movement after the third follow-up call, then you can allow the process to play out without making any further contact.
Finally, in all of the steps above, ensure that you’re polite, professional and present yourself in the best light possible. The tips above will equip you with the knowledge of how to follow up on a job interview to ensure that you’re presenting yourself professionally and giving yourself the best chance at landing the job.