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Tess Pajaron, Community Manager at Open Colleges

So, your big job interview is over and all you can do now is wait, wait and wait. Hang on – there’s something you can do to make further impression on the hiring manager. You can simply follow up. Unless follow up is explicitly frowned upon, here are some strategies you can employ in order to boost your chances at landing the job.

 

Hint at the future

At the very end of your interview, you should simply ask about the next steps in the recruitment process. It’s a very natural thing to inquire and will emphasise your enthusiasm and interest in the position. 

This will also give you information useful for later following up – if the recruiter says, for instance, that he or she will be contacting candidates within a week, if in that timeframe you haven’t heard from them, you’re entitled to reach out.

 

Send a thank you note

After your interview is over, send an appropriate thank you note as soon as you can – it’s best to send it on the same day, or even better – right after the interview. A thank you note will imply your interest in the position and give you an opportunity for reiterating your enthusiasm for the job and state the values you’ll bring to the organisation.

 

Connect via LinkedIn

Each and every recruiter you meet is a potential professional relationship – why not connect on LinkedIn? It’s always good to provide some kind of logical reason for connecting, such as ‘You mentioned you’re interested in snowboarding – I’d be delighted to introduce you to my former colleague, who runs a snowboarding club here, in Seattle, and every year organises a fantastic trip to the mountains.’

This connection will prove useful if you don’t hear back from the recruiter and want to know what’s up. Instead of asking directly, just remind him/her that you’re out there and offer something of value – pass on an interesting article, congratulate the recruiter for being promoted or simply thank him/her for the advice you employed. Even if you don’t land the job, sustain this connection and check-in periodically.

 

Check-in if you haven’t heard back

It’s important to know how and when to reiterate your interest in the position. Recruiters won’t appreciate your harassing them with phone calls or e-mails and you will simply project an image of desperation (and bad manners). The trick is to compose a short note that will show your enthusiasm and, again, offer something of value – for instance your eagerness to provide additional information for supporting their decision-making process. 

 

The art of waiting

After your interview, do your waiting in style – avoid calling and reaching out to the employer too often. Remember that a week might seem a long time for you, but it certainly isn’t for your employer – not only is recruitment takes time, but you must also consider other unexpected things that happen in any organisation and might impede the hiring process.

If you call too often, not only you’re communicating the wrong message (needy and high-maintenance), but also you seem to tell the recruiter how things should be done – and that’s a cardinal mistake.

 

What to do in case of rejection

If you finally hear back from the interviewer, but the message doesn’t bring a smile to your face, take your rejection in stride and immediately thank the recruiter for letting you know. 

Ask for some feedback that you could use for future interviews – don’t expect to receive a long piece of advice, but simply show that you’re willing to improve. Cultivate the connection – even if today the position is out of your reach, it might prove decisive in the future.

One thing is clear – following up after a job interview is simply worth it. Not only can you gain additional points with the interviewer, but also initiate a professional relationship that might open some doors for you in the future. 

If that’s not enough to convince you, try this: a recent study unveiled that 90% of hiring managers consider sending a thank-you note to have a positive impact on the candidate’s chances at actually landing the job!

 

 

Tess Pajaron, Community Manager at Open Colleges

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/

Tess Pajaron

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