You would be one of the most wrong people in the world to think that only an interview fixes you a job.
Besides, there is much more to getting a job than attending an interview. The things that transpires after the interview are very important, and if you really want to land that dream job, then you need to pay attention to following up on job interviews.
Let’s take a peek some of the importance of following up on job interviews:
1. YOU CAN ASK MORE QUESTIONS
It is normal to be tongue-tied at an interview. You are all by yourself in the company of three to five unknown people, that’s more like a first date scenario and it is only normal for you to be shy. There is a unique opportunity that follow up affords you though, it allows you to ask all of the questions you missed out on during the interview. This gives you a clearer direction as to what your expectation about the job should be and the benefit attached to the same.
2. YOU STAND OUT OF THE CROWD
Everyone comes for an interview, but only a stringent few follow up with the application process. Following up puts you in better stead and places you in pole position to land a particular job. Recruiters and business executives are bombarded with applications and resumes and a way to really stand out of the entire crowd is to follow up on your interview.
3. EVERYONE REMEMBERS YOU
Walt Disney told the story of how he found a thank you for the interview note in his box after a hectic day of conducting interviews. Not only did he recruit the young man who sent him the note, he carried the note in his pocket every day for about three months. Now, that’s one thing right there that following up can do for you; you will get remembered by people, and a whole lot of them too. Even if you don’t land this particular job, your name will get remembered and just very soon your name will get a mention and you will get your dream job.
4. DEMOSTRATE POFESSIONAL COURTESY
Professionalism is far becoming alienated from courtesy and it is such a shame. Sending a follow up note to the recruiter after your interview shows how professional and courteous you are. It is an extra effort that you will have to put into getting that dream job and it is sure worth it.
5. HELPS BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE
Attending interviews serially can be frustrating, but since following up places you in good stead to get the position of your dreams, it ends up building your professional confidence. With an increase in your follow up, you will find better ways of conducting follow up calls and sharpen your tact of writing follow up notes, that will in turn build your self-confidence.
Everyone likes an employee prospect that follows up after interview, even us. Be sure to follow up on your next interview, you will be glad you did.