So the interview is over and you’re waiting to hear from the hiring manager on next steps? Uh oh! The period of time after your interview can play a crucial role in the interview process. Your actual interview may be over but your work isn’t! This step is often overlooked by job-seekers and it’s important to know what to do. Candidates should realize that they aren’t the only ones interviewing for a position, depending on the company, there could be dozens or hundreds of applicants. Even if your interview goes well, it’s important to follow-up so that the hiring manager remembers you amongst the rest of the competition. But, there is a fine-line between following up the right way and harassing hiring managers. Here are the do’s and don’ts for after an interview.
- Do send a note of some sort. Handwritten notes show that you took the time to thank them for an interview but even an email after the interview will make an impact.
- Do send multiple thank you notes if more than one person interviewed you.
- Do include your interest in the position and why you’re the best candidate for the job in your thank you note.
- Do connect with contacts that interviewed you on LinkedIn, even if the job isn’t for you, making connections is always a good idea for job-seekers.
- Do be patient. The hiring process is difficult for hiring managers and can often take a bit more time than expected.
- Do continue to follow-up, especially if you have been told you’re still in process. A recruiter or hiring manager may lose track of who is still in process/interested or even get sidetracked. It’s important to follow-up and let them know you’re still interested, just don’t go overboard.
- Do alert your references, they may be getting a call from the hiring manager and it is always better if they are prepared.
- Don’t continue to contact the hiring manager if they have informed you that you are no longer being considered for the position.
- Don’t ever have spelling or grammatical errors in any of your follow-up interactions.
- Don’t stop job hunting after one interview, you will never be able to predict what the hiring managers will do, and you don’t want to miss out on any other opportunities by putting your search on hold.
- Don’t be overly aggressive. You don’t want to scare off your potential employer, so make sure you’re tactful and respectful in your approach.
- Don’t be afraid to express your interest in the position. If you feel like a particular position is ideal for you, let it be known and prove to them why you are the best candidate.
Don’t miss out on this important part of your job search by waiting to hear from hiring managers. It’s your career. Be proactive and make lasting impressions and connections with the people you meet along the way.
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