Tips For Following up After An Interview

Tips For Following-up After An Interview

Within 24 hours of the interview you should prepare a note thanking the interviewer for their time, and refresh their memory as to which position you were interviewed. If you interviewed with more than one individual, be sure to send a unique thank you note to reflect the points covered in your interviews with each. As for the format, if you have decent manuscript, send a handwritten message. If a decision will be made quickly, shooting an email out to follow-up may be more efficient. Either way, you want to send a strong, concise message that will keep you in the game when it comes time to make the hiring decision.

1. Keep it brief

While your interview with the employer may have lasted an hour, you don’t want to bog them down with a follow-up note that takes just as long to read. Sending a clear and direct message is the best way to catch the hiring manager’s attention.

You will want to highlight four main points. Usually this will include thanking the interviewer for their time, giving them a replay of your skills, personalizing the message, and reminding them to contact you for any further questions. If you can get your message across in 100 words or less, your follow-up is sure to be a slam dunk!

2. Reminder of Skills

Perhaps the most important part of the follow-up is the chance to remind the employer of who you are and what you can do for the team. If a hiring manager has to pick from a roster of candidates, you want to make sure your unique talents are front and center.

Share a summary of your skills and how you would have a shot at making a positive impact on the company. For example, remind the employer how you helped developed unique software applications and how you plan to expand on that expertise if hired. If you show an employer how you can add value to the team, you’re more likely to stand out in the last seconds of the game.

3. Personalize the message

If there is one great way to bounce to the top of the interviewers’ best candidate list, it’s by making an impression through a personal connection. Personalizing your follow-up shows the interviewer you were listening and interested while meeting with them.

Maybe you went to the same college, or the interviewer was getting ready for a family camping trip. Whatever the case may be, mention it in your follow up and use the situation to build rapport. Keep in mind, that while making a personal connection provides an exceptional opportunity to increase your visibility with an employer, you want to make sure you’re not going out of bounds by leaving an inappropriate personal message.

4. Send Attachments

The thank you note is not only your last shot to shine amongst the competition, but the final opportunity to recap your experience – and what better way to show off your talents than by sending over examples of your work. Especially if you are sending a thank you note by email, consider passing along a document displaying your work or a link to a website you may have created.

This last play offers the opportunity for you to demonstrate how others perceive your efforts. In addition to attaching copies of your work, passing along recommendations can also get you in the zone of ‘top candidates to hire for the job’. Consider including a link to your LinkedIn profile. On this social networking site, you can request recommendations from colleagues that feature their thoughts on why you make a great team member or how you made the last project a success.

Even if you aren’t offered a job in the end, following-up with an employer will always show good character. You never know when another position will open up again, and if it does, this piece of the game-winning strategy may keep your name fresh in the employer’s mind. When you do ‘win’ the job, you’ll want to apply the strategy from our next article in the “Job Search Madness” series.

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