up after the interview
You may have done well in the job
interview. But now you have to turn that into a job offer. You have
competition for the job and the correct follow-up process can help you
eliminate that competition.
Always ask for a business card from
the interviewer before you leave. This will give you the correct information
about the person, like his name, title, mailing address and email address.
Also ask when he thinks the decision might be made.
Most people think they should just
wait for a decision and not bother the interviewer. Many companies wait
before hiring to see who is following up the interview in a professional
manner and who really wants the position.
notes about the interview while it is still fresh in your mind. These notes
will be useful later for a second interview, so you can recall topics of
a thank-you note by email the same evening as the interview, so that the
interviewer will get it first thing in the morning. Include your full name,
phone number, mailing address and email address. Make sure this email
doesn’t go to a spam folder by writing “Job interview follow up for (your
name)” in the subject line.
a snail mail letter as soon as possible. Send it overnight or hand deliver
this to the company. Use elegant professional-looking stationery and
handwrite it. If your handwriting is less than perfect, then type it.
Address the thank you letter to the
interviewer by his first name in the greeting and salutation only if you
were told to during the interview, otherwise address it in a formal manner.
him for his time, and say that you are very interested in the position.
Mention that you would like to be an asset to the company and help propel
the business to even greater success.
Insert something personal if possible, such as a mutual interest that came
up in the interview.
to everyone who interviewed you if there was more than one interviewer.
some additional information that the
interviewer might be interested in, or some useful information that the
company could use profitably. This will help the interviewer to remember
you, as most people follow up after a job interview with only information
the letter with “Yours Truly,” “Sincerely” or “Respectfully Yours.”
Proofread your letter or email thoroughly for grammar, spelling and
the main interviewer a few days after the interview and phone from somewhere
quiet. Say you are still interested in the job and ask if there is any other
information they need about you. Leave that message on voice mail if
necessary. If you speak to the interviewer in person, you can ask how their
decision process is going.
might be told that you did or did not get the job or that they are unsure
and to call back later. They might be expecting you to prove how keen you
are, so keep calling or email. Work out the best time for this call -- not
right after lunch, early in the morning or at the end of the working day.
yourself that you didn’t get the job if you don’t receive a letter or email
after a few weeks. You will get a job eventually, so don’t despair. If you
do get a job offer, but without details of salary or benefits, then follow
up with requests for this information. Now you have to start the negotiation
Follow up with a thank you letter for the interview even if you don’t get
the job. The prospective employer might consider hiring you for another
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