You just walked out of a great interview and are very excited about the potential job opportunity. However, you know they still have more candidates to interview and it could be a few weeks before they make their final decision. How you keep in touch during the next few weeks is critical. You want to follow up and stay top of mind, but you don’t want to pester the interviewer. Here are a few tips for how to follow up professionally without overdoing it.
Send An Email
Immediately after the interview (or within the next 24 hours), write a quick, thoughtful email letting the interviewer know that you enjoyed talking to them and thanking them for their time. Try to mention a specific moment in the interview to show that you were really paying attention and retained the conversation. End the note by giving them your phone number and email and asking them to reach out if they need any more information from you during their decision process.
Mail A Thank You Note
In The Age Of Technology Snail mail may seem a little outdated, but a handwritten note can go a long way when trying to get a job. It’s polite and classy, and leaves a great impression on hiring managers. Because you’ve already followed up via email, this should be just one or two sentences thanking them again for taking the time to talk with you.
Ask If You Can Connect On LinkedIn
Connecting on LinkedIn is a great way to build a long-term professional relationship, even if they don’t hire you for the position you just interviewed for. Create a logical reason for connecting such as, “You mentioned during the interview that you’d like to start taking yoga classes. I’d love to introduce you to my former colleague who now owns a yoga studio.” By being connected on LinkedIn, the interviewer will see activity like you sharing an industry related article, and it will indirectly keep you top of mind.
If the hiring process drags out longer than the interviewer initially said, but they’ve let you know you’re still in the running, the periodic follow up is an important technique to let the interviewer know you’re still interested. This isn’t about asking, “Have you made a decision?” or “Did I get the job”, it’s about providing something of value to your interviewer. This could be emailing an article you think she’d find interesting or congratulating her if you see the organization has received some type of recognition. In doing so you’ll remind them that you’re still interested without being a pest.
Don’t Stop By
Whatever you do, don’t stop by the office to check in. Employers are busy and by showing up unannounced you will disrupt their workday and seem extremely pushy. Unless the hiring manager explicitly invites you back to the office, you shouldn’t pop in.
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