You’re happy with how your interview went, and you walk away feeling as though you might have the job. But, your work is not yet done! Your Effective Follow Up Can Clinch An Already Good Performance!
Forbes shares 10 tips for getting the job done:
- Send an email, not a handwritten note: Though a handwritten note seems more formal, it will make you “look like a dinosaur.”
- Be Speedy: Write your thank you within 48 hours. If you are competing against another applicant, you want to be the first to connect.
- Late? Write the thank you anyway; late is better than not at all.
- A Second One: If your first note is short and sweet and sent right away, consider a follow-up, after a week, with a more substantial thank you.
- The Interviewer: In your note, be sure to indicate how well you heard the interviewer by referring to things the interviewer said. If there were concerns, address them.
- Adding Value/Problem Solving: Write your note as though you are a consultant for the company.
- Disappointed with Your Interview Performance? Acknowledge how you felt so you can at least keep the interviewer as a networking contact – “I don’t feel I represented myself as well as I could have.”
- Haven’t Heard? Pick Up the Phone: If after two emails, you have not heard back, pick up the phone to check in.
- Proofread Carefully: Errors can sink a prospect – get a friend to proof your email or read it aloud, so you hear the errors.
- If You’re Upset: Don’t let emotions rule a response. If you are upset you haven’t heard back, wait a day before writing the email or calling on the phone.
The job hunting process takes time, patience, and a deliberate approach. Be sure to take the time to complete each step well. Consistency in your professionalism will go a long way to landing that job.