So, you’ve just come back from a job interview that went well. Maybe even really well.
Even more work, that’s what. Yes, you more than likely worked hard to research your potential employer, prepared a great résumé or CV, and practiced replies to common interview questions about your background, experience and what you bring to an employer that your competitors don’t.
But once the interview is over is not the time to sit on your laurels and wait for the phone to ring with the job offer. Instead, follow the six steps outlined below to help you to continue to advance your candidacy.
1) Send a thank you letter. Always do this. Always. Most people don’t and so by doing so you’ve already differentiated yourself from the pack. Yet don’t send just a nice “thank you for interviewing me” note. Instead, address those items that seemed most important to your interviewer. You also can reiterate your qualifications and even bring up relevant education, skills or accomplishments that you didn’t mention during the interview. Keep the letter brief and professional.
2) Send the letter immediately after the interview — within 24 hours. In addition, send a personal thank you letter to everyone with whom you interviewed. Get business cards while you’re there or, if you can’t, call the company and ask for the correct spelling of names and titles of your interviewers.
3) Discover the “next steps.” That is, before you leave the interview, be sure to ask the hiring manager what his or her “next steps” will be. Will the hiring manager be holding second interviews with top candidates? If so, when? Ask if you may follow up with the hiring manager if you don’t hear from him or her by the date mentioned.
4) Let your references know you’ve interviewed. Give them a heads up that they may be receiving a reference call. Tell them the name of the person who will be calling them, the position for which you interviewed and the company’s name. This way, your references will be prepared to respond to callers.
5) Contact anyone you may know at the company. Let your insiders know you’ve interviewed, how well you think it went and ask for insight. Your contact may be able to put in a good word for you.
6) Don’t be a pest. If you discover that a decision on whom to hire will be made in 30 to 60 days, don’t call or follow up every day. However, if you discover that the hiring manager wants to decide in a matter of days after your interview, you’ll want to make contact a few days after sending your thank you letter. Delays generally are not good news, so continue your search no matter where you think you are in the interview process, even if you think it’s your dream job.
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