Post Job Interview Advice
James, November 16, 2012
After the interview:
The interview is complete, you've made a good impression and you hit it off with the selection panel. What do you do now? Following up an interview can be a tricky matter. You may think that contacting the company after the interview smacks of desperation, however this is not so. A follow up on your behalf, 24 hours after the interview is your last chance to thank the interviewer for their time and also reaffirm your interest in the role/organisation – this may even sway their decision in your favour!
Say Thank You
Thanking the interviewer is important and highly recommended. This can be done by email or by sending via the post a simple thank you card. If it was a panel interview, then you should address a ‘thank you’ note to each of them. A personalised thank you note is pleasing to a recipient and with employers taking a lot of time over the selection process, it does offer a little insight into you as a person from a personal perspective. Whichever option you choose, email or a handwritten note, it is important to ensure names are spelt correctly. Do not allow for sloppiness in any communication!
Never telephone the interviewer to thank them. Employers are busy people and in today's environment of job hunters, they take their time in choosing the person for the role that is on offer. A telephone call can be considered invasive and an interruption of their valuable time.
Timing is another aspect to get right. After the initial thank you note, you sit and wait and this can be a nail biting time. Interviewers will need time to contact references or have to follow up with other members of the selection panel. As tempting as it may be to send another note, to make sure they know you exist comes with downfalls. A period of two weeks of hearing nothing can mean that you have been unsuccessful in securing the position. Not all companies inform interviewees if they've been unsuccessful. However, on the plus side, it could prove to be beneficial for you to send an email asking if a decision has been made on the role and if it’s bad news – politely request feedback.
Don't run before you can walk and use social media networks to contact the company or the person who interviewed you. It may be tempting to use your LinkedIn profile to make a connection. This is not the time to consider a potential employer a new best friend and you could be shooting yourself in the foot. However, do ensure that your social media network content is tidy and do not mention the interview to friends on your Facebook page for all to see. With social network sites actively being used as avenues for recruitment, what might be considered as banter between you and friends about the colour of your interviewer's tie or neck scarf, he/she may not take too kindly to your opinion on the matter, potentially ruining your chances of a referral to another manager/recruiter with the same company.
The trick is to follow up in a manner that will procure some positive engagement from your potential employer. It is easy to overdo the follow up contact and come on too strong.
The key is to remain professional at all times. You never know – you may have to face the same panel in the future!
Once again the very best of luck with any job interviews.