When interviewing for a job many people neglect this all-important step – follow-up. In fact, the simple act of following up correctly after an interview may be the difference-maker you need to get the job.
What is Follow-Up?
Follow-up is the series of communications that occur after an interview. The follow-up protocol includes:
* A thank you note
* A follow-up phone call
* A final confirmation or acceptance call (Depending on the acceptance and negotiation process there may actually be several communications once you’ve been offered a job.)
Generally, before an interview concludes it is important to ask how you should follow up. Your interviewer will generally let you know their process and how long they anticipate the decision-making to take. This is your cue. If they say it will take a week before they make a decision, you know to call in one week and a day if you haven’t heard from them.
Your Thank You Letter
The first thing you should do when you get home from an interview is send everyone you met with a thank you letter. A thank you email may also be appropriate depending on the nature of the company and the person you met with. Some people still prefer a handwritten note. Do what feels right.
Your thank you letter should be:
* Addressed to the interviewer with their name spelled correctly
* Succinct and friendly
* Relevant to the conversation you had with the interviewer – address something you discussed specifically
* Clear that you’re interested in the position
Your phone call:
* Be friendly – you want to continue to make a positive impression
* Only call once to see if they’ve made a decision. You don’t want to scare or annoy them
* Keep the conversation short to respect their time
* It’s okay to remind them that you’re very excited about the opportunity and thank them for their time.
Follow-up is an important part of the complete interviewing process. Neglecting it is like handing the job to someone else. When it only takes a few minutes to write a note or make a call, it’s definitely worth the extra effort.
Be sure to always be polite, courteous, gracious, positive, and friendly. Even if you don’t end up getting this particular opportunity, if you leave a good impression on the people you’ve met they may lead you to a better opportunity down the road. People leave companies, the network, and new opportunities open up every day. Following up with people after an interview is a sure way to make a positive impression on people that can make a difference in your life.