A successful job interview is definitely a dream come true for any candidate. However, it is not the end of the process. Candidates should realize that the markets are highly competitive and that most hiring managers would never consider a candidate who did not follow up after the interview. To make the best possible impression, try following the tips outlined below.
Asking how to follow up
Candidates are shy in this regard and this can prove to be a huge mistake. Asking makes sure that the managers realize that a particular candidate is interested in the job and wants to get hired as quickly as possible. It also fully communicates the spirit and anxiousness of the candidate in this regard. Some of the questions should be:
- How much time is required to make a decision?
- When should a candidate follow up?
- Who is the point of contact and how should follow up occur?
A simple thank you note
Being courteous is one of the best ways to impress an interviewer. Approximately 15% of hiring managers expect a thank you note after the interview has been conducted. A simple email on top of the interview call will suffice. The note should be sent no later than 24 hours after the job interview. Ideally, the candidate should send it within 2 – 3 hours following the interview. Even if the candidate is not hired, this act will help the hiring managers remember him or her.
Search and search
Some candidates stop their job search if they believe they have had a successful interview. However, stopping the search is a mistake. If the job offer is not made on the spot, then nothing is guaranteed. Continue with your search until you land the perfect job for you.
A tailored LinkedIn request is an additional way to get in touch. It will ensure that the interviewer can gauge a candidate’s interest in the job. A personalized message (not more than 300 characters) will suffice. It also ensures that a candidate’s position is strengthened in the company when compared to other candidates.
Analyzing the performance
This is an important step in the interview process. All information that has been passed to the interviewers should be analyzed in an effort to gauge overall performance. The candidate can identify his/her strengths and weaknesses and use this increased knowledge as he/she continues the job search