Friday, January 27, 2012

How to follow-up after a job interview.

The job market today is tight. Applicants need every advantage to distinguish themselves from other applicants. After a job interview it is important to give your self a boost toward landing that job. Following-up after a job interview is one way to let a potential employer know that you are serious about the position and eager to work for their company.

However, you don’t want to hurt your chances of getting the job by pestering them. Here are some tips on how to follow-up after a job interview:

  • Before you leave the interview, ask when they will be making a decision about the job and how and when you will be notified. By knowing their time-table, you can gauge when to inquire about your status. You don’t want to inquire too early and annoy the employer. 
  •  After the interview, send a brief thank you letter to the person who conducted the interview. In it, thank him/her for the opportunity to apply, the time spent in the interview, and their consideration of you for the position. Keep the letter short, sincere, and close it with some statement of your interest in the position and your hope to be working for them soon.

  • If you haven’t heard from the employer by the time they expected to contact you, it is acceptable to make a phone call to inquire about the position. In doing so, remember that every contact you make with the employer is part of your application process, so it is best not to show your irritation that they have not notified you of the status of the position. 

  • Sometimes the decision-making process takes longer than expected, and you will show your maturity and willingness to work as a member of the team by showing your patience with the process. That said, there are also reasons that an applicant may need to know the outcome of the selection process. In this case, tell the employer honestly that you are very interested in the position and go on to tell him/her the reason you need to know the outcome of the selection process. It might be that you’ve been offered another position and you need to let that other potential employer know. It is perfectly acceptable to put this information before a potential employer. 

  • Whatever you choose to do, don’t make your inquiry sound like you are delivering an ultimatum. Instead, state the facts, express your desire to work for him/her, and the reason that you must make a decision. Don’t use this if you are merely tired of waiting for an answer. In many cases, the potential employer is working as quickly as he/she can to make a decision. If you deliver an ultimatum, you might fine that they encourage you to go ahead and take that other job.

The important aspect of following up after an interview is to let the employer know that you are serious about the position and that you are grateful for the opportunity to be considered for the job. 

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