Post Interview: Follow Up Without Being Too Desperate

Posted on October 10, 2012

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Interviewing can be nerve-racking, but you have to remind yourself that at least you landed the interview in the first place.  After the interview can be even more distracting because you don’t know the status right away…well at least not typically.  Every company handles their hiring processes differently, so when following up, you don’t want to come across too aggressive, but it is important to show genuine interest.  How can you do this?

Follow Up Via Email Immediately

As soon as you are able, follow-up with anyone who you interviewed with, thanking them for the opportunity.  This is another great way for you to once again inform them of your skill sets and why you would be a good fit for the job.  By emailing them right away, it triggers their memory of you, possibly giving you a better chance of  getting the job.

Mail an Informal Thank You Note

Some call it old-fashioned, but I think it is appropriate to take the time to hand write a thank you note.  It will take a few days to get their since it’s being sent via “snail mail”, but it will give them another reminder of your name.  It also shows your interest in becoming part of the team.

Follow Up With Your Reference

When choosing references, remember to choose people whom you’ve worked with and people who are going to highlight your attributes.  Give them a call or shoot them an email to see if they have been contacted by the company that you’ve interviewed with.  Have them contact you once they’ve been contacted.  This is a good clue as to whether or not you stand a chance.

Connect On Linked In

It is important to eventually connect with them on Linked In, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it the day of the interview.  Most of the time, the hiring manager will find you.  By connecting, it allows them to once again review your skill sets, see an image of you (refreshing their memory), and giving them the opportunity to read any endorsements you might have.

With the job market being the way it is, more and more people are interviewing for the same job making it a very competitive force.  It is vital that you complete the best steps before, during, and after an interview so that it leads you closer to landing the job.  Put yourself in the hiring managers shoes…what would your expectations be post interview?

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