PHEW…you survived the interview…now what? YOU must stand out amongst the sea of applicants. Even if you feel you did that during the interview…
You aren’t done yet!!
Follow up is one of the most important parts of this entire process. It is not unusual for an interviewer to have a high number of interviews to conduct for one position. If you think it’s an exhausting process for you, multiply that and think of what the interviewer is going through. After a few interviews, everyone kind of runs together in their mind. It doesn’t matter if you are the first or last person interviewed,
In the previous post, I mentioned having at least one question at the end of the interview. A great question (if it wasn’t already covered) would be “How much longer do you anticipate it will be before you make a final decision?” Some positions will require a 2nd interview. If the time window is at least 3 days, make sure you get the correct spelling of the name of the person (or people) who interviewed you. You can get this from the receptionist if you do not already have it. Ask for their business card if you think they may have one (a fast food restaurant or small mom & pop store manager may not have one).
Upon returning home, get a Thank You card in the mail to the interviewer. KISS – Keep It Super Simple. Do not restate your qualifications. Do not dazzle them with colorful pens or markers. Just a simple “Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to interview me for the position of XYZ. I look forward to hearing of your decision.” Sign it with your full name and phone number. If you have bad handwriting, print your name. This one small step will make you stand out above the hundreds of other applicants.
I’ll never forget the ONE (yes – ONLY ONE) follow up card I got in the mail after a week long interviewing process. Needless to say, that person got the job.
And again…just like before…call once a week to check and see if the position has been filled.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
What will you do with it?