INTERVIEWS / AUG. 20, 2014
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How to Successfully Follow-Up After an Interview

You landed an interview. Things felt smooth.  Everything went well. You crowd surfed it. Although several days have passed now and you still haven’t heard a response…

It’s normal to begin to feel uncertain, irresolute and doubtful just like everyone else - don’t fall into this trap as there is something you can do about it. By putting into action these 5 simple steps, the ramifications can be remarkable – and in many ways - career changing. 

Step 1: Create a list of bullet points relating to the interview topics

Write notes directly related to exactly what you spoke about. Try to capture as much information as you can regarding questions they asked you, responses you gave them, how you explained your experience, the kind of person they are looking for, the job duties in their words and most of all what they need from a new recruit. If it helps also note their body language, tone of voice and behavioural studies, whichever works well for you as this simple strategy will prove useful when venturing into the following steps 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Step 2: Send out a thank-you note

A thank-you note in the world of recruitment can solidify a sense of sincerity. This method stands as tried and tested, ensure you send an email and not a handwritten letter. Rational supporting: this is in fact a remarkable opportunity to touch base with the decision maker and re-establishing a connection making it effortless for them to respond to you in real time. The sooner you do this the better, utilize this gesture to affirm your organisational skills, attentive to detail and add some personal touches regarding skill-set; bring as much positive “déjà vu” from the time you spent with them to help position yourself back into the spotlight.

Step 3: Request authorization to connect on LinkedIn

Politely mention your invitation to connect with them on LinkedIn; the benefits are limitless as you have a personalized PR tool at your disposal to help sell your strengths and potential. Don’t leave the interviewer wondering why you would like to connect with their own personal account, explain a relevant article perhaps, or something relevant you can forward on to them. Create a logical reason for connecting; once you’re in, from there you can build a long-term professional relationship with them. Which has often resulted in opening doors which can lead to further opportunities. 

Step 4: Post a highly formal thank-you letter

This is the oldest and most traditional way to keep in contact on a professional level. Various businesses greatly appreciate the moment when aged fashions are upheld, depending on the age of the organisation; you may receive a more valued response than anticipated. Stand out by hand writing a highly personal correspondence with emphasis on your skills, experience and talents in their sector of operations. The gesture alone will undoubtedly have you noticed as almost everything is electronic in today’s society; handwritten letters simply aren’t customary anymore. If they did not respond to your first thank you email, you are to continue with this final written correspondence in an attempt to be delicately persistent. But, ensure you follow the traditional traits of a written letter:

  • Address the person’s first name beginning with “Dear Jennie” only if you were told to do so when meeting previously. Otherwise address the named person in a formal manner.
  • Thank the interviewer for the time which you spent together, assert your interest in both the role and the business. Reiterating your passionate drive to serve as an asset to the team.
  • Incorporate a point of direct interest - steer away from speaking about yourself and find a topic of concern which they will find important.
  • Ensure that you end the letter with "Yours sincerely". Given the imperative worth of this correspondence, request a third party to proof read your letter.

Step 5: If you still haven’t had an answer, periodically touch base

Keeping yourself in the consideration list is key, to achieve this you should once again find a logical reason to build on your relationship with the decision maker, if the job was in mobile technology, try this: “Hi Jennie, when we spoke last you mentioned innovative technology coming into the market for Android software, I came across a press release this morning which details the emerging trends in memory speed upgrading capabilities…”  And carry on using your relationship skills.

Ensure that psychologically, when they communicate with you, you are indeed offering something to them which they find valuable. Be someone they want, someone in demand.

Be prompt with new releases.

Be qualified.

And be capable. 



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