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After the Interview
After the Interview
So, you got the interview for the job you really wanted. You did your preparation and you think you had a great interview. In fact, you think you “aced” it. Yet you know there was stiff competition for this highly sought after job. So, what now? What can you do after the interview to attempt to influence the decision makers?
Before you leave the interview, be sure you know who the real decision makers are and did you speak with them? Don’t leave without the names, titles and addresses of the decision makers. Why is this important? Because you are going to follow up with these people, whether you met with them or not.
The Art of Follow-up
Following-up after an interview is essential, but there is a right way to do it. You can be proactive, assertive and ambitious without being aggressive.
Thank You Notes
Send a ‘thank you’ to everyone you met with from the Human Resources Recruiter to the Hiring Manager. Also, if there were any decision makers you didn’t meet with, send them a note also. These days these thank you notes will probably be email or text. However, the smartest of candidates will send handwritten notes.
The notes should:
• Be sent within 24 hours of your interview
• Restate your interest and excitement about the job
• Restate your qualifications for the job
• Cover anything you forgot to share in interview or correct a mistake
• Tell them what you can do for them – be specific from your interview discussions
When the interview is over, ask the last person you speak with when you should hear from them again. Note that timeframe and if you have not heard anything by then follow-up with a phone call to the decision maker if possible as opposed to Human Resources. The Human Resources staff are not making the hiring decision. Go to the source. Don’t be pushy. Don’t be aggressive. Be polite and professional. Only call once a week until a decision is made. If you are too pushy you will turn the decision maker off and you won’t get the job.
What Not to Do
Most importantly during your follow-up never be negative. No matter what feedback you get from your phone calls, do not be negative. Don’t complain about how long it is taking to get a decision. Make sure your emails, text or phone conversations focus only on the positive and never on the negatives.
In conclusion, be sure you follow up. Be sure you know who the real decision makers are. Send handwritten notes if possible. Make follow up phone calls. Don’t be pushy. Don’t demand answers. Don’t call more than once a week and stay positive.