So you were invited to interview for your dream job! I’m sure you spent quite a bit of time picking out an outfit to wear and researching the company/position beforehand. After the interview, you think you did a pretty darn good job! What’s next?
What you do after the interview can make as much of a difference as what you do during the interview. Don’t miss these key steps to making a positive, memorial impression, and hopefully, getting a job offer.
1. Get Their Contact Information
The first most important thing you can do during an interview is asking for your interviewer’s contact information. Even if it’s awkward, you are meeting this person and you never know how your paths might cross in the future.
So, after interviewing, ask your contact for a business card. If they don’t have a card handy, ask for their email address and write it down.
2. Send a Thank You Email Immediately
A simple ‘thank you’ email can make a huge difference and differentiate you from other candidates. So many people forget about this one really simple last step, and therefore, the candidates that take the time to do this really stand out of the crowd!
The best way to follow up is to send an e-mail within 24 hours after the interview. Reiterate why you’re the best choice for the job and thank them for taking the time to interview you. Even if you aren’t interested in moving forward with that position/company, I’d still suggest sending a simple “thank you” email. You never know what affiliations that company has, or what contacts are in the interviewer’s network. This simple step may benefit you in the future.
3. Send a Thank You Letter
To show the interviewer how serious you are, utilize snail mail. While emails and phone calls can occasionally come across as somewhat cold forms of communication, handwritten notes are warm. In your note, thank them for their time and address a few things you discussed in the interview. Make sure to tailor the letter to each company.
Typically “snail mail” will take 2+ days to be delivered. This will bring their attention back to you, and give them an opportunity to recollect their thoughts regarding your interview and qualifications.
4. Keep Notes
After the interview, write down who you met with and the date of the meeting, what you talked about, what you learned, your impressions, and any concerns you have. It’s important to keep track and to stay organized with the contacts you made.
5. Call for a Status Check
Contact your recruiter! Ask if they can provide you with any feedback and/or coaching so you can fine-tune your interviewing skills.
We hope you can utilize this information in your job search! Check out The Temp Blog’s Coaching Corner next month for more tips & tricks.
Elliana Vaughn joined The Temp Connection team in February 2017. She currently serves The Temp Connection as a Recruiter and Sales & Marketing Coordinator. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.