So, you’ve left the interview feeling great about your chances of landing the job. Now what? Following up with interviewers can be a precarious task. Don’t follow up enough, and you risk looking disinterested. Follow up too much, and you might end up looking like a pest, or even worse – desperate.
What’s the best way to follow up?
Keep your name at the top of your interviewer’s mind, without looking like a pest, by following these simple guidelines:
1. Start Following Up While You’re Still in the Interview.
Collect business cards from each person you interacted with during your interview so that you have correct contact information and titles. As part of the end-of-interview process, ask your interviewer where he/she is in the hiring process, and when you can expect to hear back. By setting expectations in the interview, you are showing interest and engagement, and are opening the door to further communication.
2. Send Follow Up Notes.
And send them as soon as possible. Remember those business cards you gathered? Now’s the time to put them to use. The old notion that handwritten is best is also becoming passé. Busy employers aren’t looking for additional clutter on their desks. A succinct, clear email offers the opportunity to reinforce the impression you made during the interview, and also gives you an opportunity to address any qualifications you may have missed initially. Plus, thank you notes are a matter of politeness and courtesy.
3. Call Your Recruiter.
If your interview was arranged by a staffing or recruiting firm, contact your recruiter as soon as possible to dissect the interview and determine next steps. Your interviewer will expect to hear from the recruiter, and this will equip your recruiter with as much information (and opportunity to sell your qualifications further) possible.
4. Use Calls Sparingly (If at all).
Follow up phone calls after an interview are generally not the most desired form of communication. Let’s face it, people are busy, and hiring can be an exhausting, time-consuming process. If; however, your interviewer instructed you to call, or told you to expect communication within a specified length of time, a call may be appropriate. Should your interviewer have suggested a time to follow up, wait a few days after the anticipated date, then make one call only.
5. Don’t Stop By.
Maybe you really were “Just in the neighborhood,” but popping in after an interview is a bad idea. If for some reason your interviewer suggested stopping by again for a tour, or perhaps introductions, then you should certainly be graceful and accept the invitation. That is the only time it is acceptable to arrive to a prospective employer unannounced – if you have an invitation.
6. Be Patient.
The hiring process can be a long, drawn out experience. Sometimes, other agenda items of business take precedence, or an unexpected priority can arise. And sometimes, it just takes employers a long time to hire someone. If you were prepared and engaged during your interview, and followed up appropriately, relax, be patient, and let your qualifications speak for themselves.
The interview process can be incredibly intimidating, and enthusiasm about a position can be a great asset. But, restraint, politeness, and professionalism can go a long way in helping you secure your next career opportunity. Need help fine-tuning your resume or marketing your skills? Masiello Employment Services can help. Contact a recruiter today to get started.