Job Interview Follow Up in 5 Easy Steps
The lead up to any job interview can be an exhausting time. Job searching, completing application forms, writing résumés and cover letters requires significant effort. You’ve invested significant energy in order to secure your job interview. Once the interview is over, you’ll need to keep up the effort just a little longer. Follow our tips below for effective to post-interview activities. The extra effort will be worth it.
Step 1 - Send a Thank You Note
A post-interview thank you note makes a great impression on your interviewer. Not only does it make you memorable, it’s an extra opportunity for you to sell yourself. Always send a personal note to every person that interviewed you within 24 hours of the interview. Acknowledge their name, restate your interest in the position and thank them for the opportunity to be interviewed. Keep your letter short, for example:
“Dear Mrs Wilson, Thank you for the interview today; it was good speaking with you. Our discussion confirmed I am very interested in this position. I believe I can achieve excellent results within XYZ Company and I’m eager to start. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Bill Jones”
It’s acceptable to send thank you notes in a variety of formats. You might choose a store bought card, a formal letter, personal stationery or even an email. Neat handwriting adds a personal touch, but if you’re handwriting is untidy make the effort to type up your thank you notes.
Tip: Get the interviewer’s business card before you leave the interview. Follow up is made easier when you’re equipped with the person’s name (and correct spelling), street address, telephone number and email.
Step 2 - Make a Follow-Up Phone Call
Your follow-up call should be made within approximately five days after the interview. State that you are still interested in the position and offer to supply further information if needed.
If you get a message bank service, use this basic phone script:
“Hello Mrs Wilson. This is Bill Jones. I’m still very interested in the Management position I was interviewed for last Thursday. If you require any further information, please let me know. I’ll get it to you straight away. I can be reached any time on 0423 123 456. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Bye for now.”
Of course, if the person answers, adapt the script to suit your natural conversion.
Step 3 - Keep Looking
Even if you’re extremely confident your interview was a success, keep applying for jobs until you know for sure. If you’re successful, you might own the luxury of two job offers to choose from! That’s certainly better than no job offers at all. Putting all your hopes in a single opportunity can be devastating if you don’t get the job. Keep your options open and continue to send your résumé when you see new opportunities.
Step 4 - Assess Job Offers
If you’re lucky enough to get offered a job, you’ll probably be notified by telephone. In the midst of your excitement, remember to double-check your job offer. Before you accept, confirm the offer includes the agreed salary and benefits. Once you’ve accepted the offer, you’ll be supplied with further instructions. You may also receive HR forms, a uniform (if required) and, of course, notification of your start date.
Step 5 - Handle Rejection Gracefully
If you make a follow-up phone call only to discover you weren’t successful, don’t feel discouraged. Instead, write a final thank you letter. State that you were grateful for the opportunity to be interviewed. Suggest the company keeps your résumé on file and request to be considered for any new positions that become available. Keep in mind, many companies don’t notify job applicants of the final result. If you haven’t heard within a reasonable time frame, don’t wait around. Invest your energy into pursuing a new job opportunity.
As you can see, there’s a lot to be done after the interview is over. The most important advice is to keep taking action. Never rest on your laurels, assuming that job offers will come easily. Job hunting is a competitive game, so stay active in your approach.
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