You had an engaging and promising interview, confident that you will soon receive a call, asking how soon you are able to start. So, you wait. This is a big mistake. There is more to getting a job than attending an interview. The action that you take following the interview is very important and may ultimately determine whether or not you are hired.
Take a look some important points to address when following up on a job interview:
1. YOU CAN ASK MORE QUESTIONS
It is normal to be tongue-tied at an interview or forget to raise important questions. You are in the spotlight, surrounded by three to five unknown people. It is only normal for you to be shy, perhaps nervous, and fail to address some important issues. By following up, you are offered a unique opportunity to ask questions or raise points missed during the interview. The follow up process helps to provide clear direction as to your expectation of the position or the company.
2. YOU STAND OUT OF THE CROWD
Everyone comes for an interview, but only a select few will make effort to follow up afterward. Sending a follow-up email or making a follow-up phone call puts you in better favor and improves your odds of landing the job. Recruiters and business executives are typically bombarded with applications and resumés. Effective follow-up offers an opportunity to stand out of the crowd while demonstrating solid business ethics.
3. EVERYONE REMEMBERS YOU
Walt Disney once told the story of how he found a thank you note in his box, following a hectic day conducting interviews. Not only did he recruit the young man who had sent the note, he carried the note in his pocket every day for about three months. That is one crucial benefit of following up after the interview. You will be remembered. Even if you don’t land this particular job, you stand a better chance of coming to mind for other upcoming job offers.
4. DEMONSTRATE PROFESSIONAL COURTESY
Professionalism and common courtesy are indicators of strong business ethics. Some hiring managers seek recruits who demonstrate this trait. Sending a follow up note to a recruiter after your interview shows that you have a good sense of professionalism. It is an extra effort that shows potential employers that you are worth a second look.
5. HELPS BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE
Attending multiple interviews can be frustrating. Practicing good follow up places you in favor of receiving a call-back, builds confidence and helps to sharpen writing skills.
Most hiring managers and employers prefer prospects who take the time to follow up after interviews. Be sure to follow up after your next interview. It may be a small gesture that helps land your dream job.