Should You Follow up After a Job Interview? If So, How?
You did it! You made it through the interview phase of your job search. Now it’s time to just sit back and wait for the phone to ring so you can accept your new position, right? Wrong!
Even if you feel you aced it, should you follow up after a job interview? Yes! Recruiters advise that staying on top of the mind of your interviewer is incredibly important because it gives you a better chance at receiving that life-changing phone call.
Here’s what to do (and what not to do) when it’s time to follow up after a job interview.
Follow Up After a Job Interview: The 3 Steps
Following up after an interview is as important as going into an interview prepared. There are three key steps you should follow after every interview. Do them and you will leave a good impression, keep your name at the top of the potential hires list, and even make a solid professional contact that could come in handy for many years down the road.
1. Send a Note of Thanks
Everyone appreciates receiving a good, old-fashioned thank you. It doesn’t matter whether you send a card, an email, or do it over the phone. Whichever scenario suits your personality will do the trick, but here are a few tips for maximum impact:
- Say thanks the same day as the interview (or at least within a few days).
- Thank the interviewer by name.
- Affirm your interest in the job.
- Mention any important information you forgot to say or address and correct any mistakes you made during the interview.
2. Connect Via LinkedIn
Every professional contact you make has the potential to turn into a long-term professional relationship. To get the ball rolling, ask if you can connect via LinkedIn. Also, be sure to follow their company page. Most potential employers will appreciate your connection whether or not you end up with the job. After all, building a professional network online is required these days in order to build rapport and a good reputation so the benefits are mutual.
3. Check in Later
If it’s been a few weeks and you still haven’t heard back on the job, do a quick check-in and ask for an update. Keep it simple and brief!
What Not to Do When Following Up After a Job Interview
What you don’t want to do is come off as arrogant, too chummy, or needy. To avoid these traps, don’t:
- Send a lengthy, rambling, or desperate note
- Send anything that could be construed as bribery, such as a gift card or tickets to an event.
- Connect through personal social media accounts
- Check in repeatedly or before the timeline that was given
- Jump to any conclusions
At all times you should remain friendly, professional, and confident.
Are You Ready to Make a Change?
All you need to do is apply for a job, land your next interview, and follow up! If you’re unsure how or where to apply, Atlas Staffing can help you find a job that fits your skills so you can build your career.
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