Conducting follow up after a job interview is one of the most important things that you can do in a job search. It establishes your interest in and commitment to the company and the position you are seeking. It shows respect to those who took the time to speak with you. “It also demonstrates energy, attentiveness and follow-through,” said Sandra Clarke, talent acquisition consultant at Huntington National Bank. Here are some pointers for follow-up:
Send an email thank-you note within 24 hours to all of those who interviewed you. Asking for a business card at the end of each interview ensures that you will have the correct contact information. Customize each email based on the actual interview, Clarke recommended. State what you have learned and what you can contribute to the company and convey your enthusiasm about the position. If you have been asked to provide samples of your work or additional information, be prompt.
Follow up each week. After the initial thank-you note, it is appropriate to follow up each week, unless the interviewer told you otherwise, said Robin Raybuck, owner of the career management and outplacement firm Raybuck & Associates.
“I suggest leaving a 30-second voice mail where you ‘smile’ into the phone and sound enthusiastic about the opportunity. Send a brief email the following week,” she suggested.
Be creative in your follow-up message. Find an article that focuses on some state-of-the-art aspect within your field. Send it along with a brief note to keep in touch.
A follow-up note can also provide you with an opportunity to clarify a point or mention something important that you had forgotten to mention during the interview.
Following up after the job interview truly sets you apart from your competition. Some people may view it as “pushy.” They often spend the time sitting by the phone, waiting for it to ring. Instead, Raybuck said, be the one to stay visible in the interviewer’s mind as the top contender for the job.
Remain patient while you wait for a decision. Hiring managers are taking longer to make decisions. Allow an appropriate amount of time for their response, which is about 24 to 48 hours, suggested Clarke. When you do receive a response, if no final decision has been made, ask when you can expect that call. Make a note on your calendar and follow up again.
“Watch the website, newspapers and electronic media to stay in the moment about what is happening with the company and the community,” Clarke added. “Make notes, and when receiving calls or sending emails, mention some of these items.”
Make sure that any communication and information that you provide is error free. At every step in the process, be sure to convey your personal brand and be sure that your band and image are aligned with the company.