How To: Follow-Up After An Interview
Perfecting an interview can sometimes only be half the battle. What comes next can say just as much about who you are, as the answers you gave in the interview. Once you have undergone the interview, this is your moment – as much as the interviewers – to decide whether you actually want the position and whether the company is a right fit for you. Should you decide you would accept the opportunity if offered, yet you’re perhaps not the right candidate for the role, impressing the right recruiter, HR representative or hiring manager, is highly valuable down the line. With that said, here are a few tips in how to follow up after a job interview.
Not using a Recruiter? It’s important to ask the interviewer what happens next before finishing the interview. By doing this, you know exactly when it’s acceptable to follow up and there will be no awkwardness in the process. Furthermore, whether you’re successful or not with the role, it’s always important to make connections with professionals on LinkedIn. It’s perfectly appropriate to connect with your interviewer; after all, this is a potential long-term professional relationship in the making.
A thank you email really goes a long way for keeping you on the mind of any decision-maker. Not only does this give you a fantastic opportunity to affirm to the hiring manager that you’re qualified for the role, highlighting your relevant skills specific to the job’s requirements; but it also allows you to thank the interviewer for their time and ask if they need any additional information to make the process more efficient. Clean up any mistakes you made in the interview and mention anything you wished you had said but didn’t.
From here, it’s one of those waiting games. Continue with your job search, whilst keeping a thorough eye on the timetable you have been given. If you are registered with a recruitment agency, the first thing to do post-interview is contact your consultant. Give them as much feedback about the meeting as possible and allow them time to communicate with the client, and gather a healthy amount of feedback themselves. Again, make sure to get a timescale of when they should have a response from the employer and communicate with them then.
If, in both cases, the period of contact has passed and you haven’t heard anything from either the hiring manager or your consultant, you are well entitled to touch base with your contacts for a further update on the position.
At this point, it’s important to understand that you have done all that you can, within your power. If you have not received responses, it could be that the job may have reduced in responsibly, salary or even been eliminated as whole. Rather than bombarding your contact and getting no response, graciously accept that the role may not be right for you and move on. If you are working with an agency, remember a positive relationship is of mutual interest to you both. Keep in contact with your consultant, updating them about any changes that would affect your desired role. Back yourself that you have marketable skills and that the right job will come about. Do not take rejection personally; business is simply business.