What you should do after your interview?
It doesn’t matter if you have been working in your career for 20 years or 20 minutes, there is a post-interview etiquette that must be observed. In doing so you can positively boost your chances of job success. It’s a simple of matter of continuing what you started.
A 2013 study found that just 1 in 10 of all candidates actually make the effort to keep the lines of communication open with their recruiter or the hiring manager once they leave the confines of the interview room. This is despite the fact that in a separate survey of more than 500 hiring managers, 91% ranked a candidate’s prospects as being higher if they sent some form of follow-up.
To keep yourself in contention for the position on offer, you need to start at the interview itself.
- Ask about the next steps in the process:
You would be surprised at how many people don’t actually ask, “What happens next?” This in vital information that you need in order to make your next move – it manages your expectations and gives you a clear indication on long you have to complete the next steps in the post-interview process.
- Send a “Thank you” email:
Within 24 hours of the interview it is imperative that you send a thank you message via email. The message should start with an opening paragraph thanking the hiring manager for their time, whilst the second paragraph needs to reiterate the reasons why you are the best fit for the job – drawing on your skills, experience and qualifications. But be mindful not to make your email read more like a sales pitch.
Time can sometimes work against you in interviews and you may feel frustrated that you didn’t really sell yourself as much as you would have liked to. Pick a project from your career that has relevance to the job you are applying for and highlight it as an example of what you may be able to do for your new employer should you be successful in winning the job.
A follow up email can support your application but make sure you keep it concise, brief and pleasant – avoid making your email read more like a sales pitch.
- Connect on LinkedIn:
Meeting new people is part and parcel of everyday business. Therefore if LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, happens to be mentioned during the interview, adding the person who conducted the interview could be a logical move.
After all, LinkedIn serves as an extension of your CV, and if you have built an impressive profile on the site, then it might be what convinces those making the final decision to say “Yes”.
- Silence is not golden:
Sometimes the hiring process can take longer than any party had anticipated, particularly if you were one of the first candidates t be interviewed. To ensure that you remain at the forefront of their mind don’t be afraid to re-connect with the hiring managers.
In doing so you demonstrate your interest in the role and enthusiasm for the company itself. But rather than asking Have you made a decision yet?, try adding value to your message. For example, forward a link to an article you have read that you think may interest them.
Or if there is a key industry event coming up, then ask them if they are attending and arrange to meet for a coffee. Following-up in this way demonstrates that you’re a great connection instead of a pesky wannabe employee.
Employers expect the most interested and talented candidates to follow up post-interview by expressing their gratitude for the opportunity and interest in the position. It takes very little effort and could be what secures you the job. So why wouldn’t you?