Congratulations, you were invited to interview! Searching for the perfect job can be arduous. You may have sent out dozens of resumes before you even got a call from a potential employer. Getting an interview can sometimes feel like you have reached the end of the road for a particular position, that you have done all you can and now all that’s left is to play the waiting game. However, if you push a little bit farther you will increase the opportunity to land your dream job. Here are some pointers on what you can do after an interview to help secure the position.
Before Going Home
At the conclusion of any job interview, before you leave consider asking your interviewers about the remainder of the hiring process. Knowing how long the process usually takes is a good place to start. Make sure you remember the names of anyone who assisted in the interview process, so that you will know who to contact. Find out if there’s any additional information you could provide that would assist the hiring manager, such as references. Additionally, you should always ask when you should expect to hear back from the company. This will give you a time frame for following up after the interview.
Following up is an incredibly important part of the hiring process, and can sometimes be tricky. Some companies will not consider applicants who do not follow up after an interview, while other agencies specifically forbid contacting the hiring office before you are called. The most important thing is to pay attention to and follow any instructions provided on a job application or during the interview. If specific instructions request not to contact the company, then don’t. However, if no information is provided it’s safe to assume that a follow up would be appreciated.
When following up with a potential employer after an interview, the most important this is to be respectful. There are two traditional methods of following up with the company. The first is a prompt thank-you sent to your interviewers to acknowledge their time and effort. An email will usually be fine for this type of communication. If you’re going to send a thank-you, it’s best to do it the day after your interview while your name is still in the minds of the interviewers. Don’t inquire about the position as it’s unlikely a decision has been made, but thank the individuals you worked with for their time and consideration, and let them know that if they need additional information that you would be happy to provide it promptly.
You should also follow up with your potential employer after the time specified for the hiring process has passed. If you were told that you’d be contacted in two weeks to learn the outcome of your interview, and that time has passed without a call, it’s time to make a serious follow up. The traditional follow up is usually by phone. If you were able to get an office line for one of your interviewers, call them. If you don’t know who you should contact, consider contacting the hiring manager through whatever method you were offered the interview to find out. Once you’ve contacted the right person, inquire politely if a decision has been made regarding your position.
Take Rejection with Grace
If you find out during your follow up that a decision has not been made yet, remember to be considerate. Offer to provide any other material the company might need, and ask when you should expect to hear back about the decision. Do not badger the representative you contact.
If you find out that you did not get the position, accept with grace. Even if the employer didn’t choose you for the position you applied to does not mean that they won’t remember you. If the people you worked with during the interviewing process liked you, it’s possible they might contact you again if a position they think would fit you becomes available. Remember to leave them with a good impression.
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