A job interview feels like a conclusion, like a concert at the end of a long, tedious rehearsal schedule. But that’s not quite true. The interview doesn’t close off the recruitment process. Rather, you can still take steps to follow up after the meeting and improve your chances of landing the position.
Can you make up for a disastrous showing with a career-saving email? Of course not. But still, at the margins, you can make a positive impact on your professional reputation. With a well-crafted follow-up, you can cement a strong interview performance and build relationships that might help you down the road.
With that in mind, here are five tips to help you get the most out of your post-interview strategy:
Actually Follow Up
You’d be surprised how many people fail to follow up in the wake of a job interview. Sometimes they don’t think the process itself has any value. Other times, they think the particular interview went so poorly that making an effort won’t do any good. But whatever the reason, they pass up an opportunity to increase their hiring chances.
Don’t make that mistake. After each interview, no matter how you think it went, take the time to at least send a brief “thank you” message.
Keep It Short
The people running the recruitment process are busy. Launch into a 1,000-word diatribe about your corporate vision, and you will likely just find your message dropped into the trash file.
Keep that in mind as you craft your message. A restrained approach is best. By sending a short, heartfelt “thank you,” along with a brief follow-up, you can ingratiate you with your interviewers.
Move the Ball Forward
The main goals of a follow-up message are simple: say “thank you,” and remind the interviewers that you exist. However, in some cases, you can get a little more value out of the exchange.
Done cleverly, you can slip in a little additional info, complementing the details you shared during the interview. You still don’t want to get too wordy, but if there are things in your interview you didn’t get to cover, the follow-up message provides a good opportunity to at least mention them.
Don’t Expect a Reply
Consider your follow-up message as the final word in the conversation. Don’t chase people down for a response. If you do, you might start to give off a distinct stalker vibe. Continually hectoring your potential employer will only hurt your chances.
You shouldn’t expect a reply, but you might just get one. If you do, it can represent an excellent networking opportunity. Even if you don’t get the particular job you interviewed for, you might create a useful contact and, by extension, secure possible future opportunities.
If they give you an opening, stay in touch with your interviewers. It will provide you with another professional connection, which could give you a boost in the future.
Following up becomes an easier task when the interview itself goes well. You feel energized and excited to talk to the people again. This happens when you find positions well suited to your skills and experience. Partnering with a strong staffing firm, like PrideStaff, opens the door to these ideal opportunities.
Contact the staffing specialists at PrideStaff Bend today to learn more.