How to Follow Up After an Interview One of the frequent questions that I get in my work at Nxt Level Growth is about the appropriate things to do after a job interview. While many people carefully prepare for the interview, what to do after an interview may seem as a bit of a confusing process. This article will provide tips for what to do after the conclusion of an interview with some examples. Send a Thank You
Sending a thank you note to a prospective employer may seem like an antiquated process. After all, when is the last time you wrote something formal? In today’s highly digital world, time has become a premium. Do employers even read notes? Do people even send them anymore? The reality is that sending a thank you is still an extremely important part of the process. In fact, a survey of human resource managers found that 94% say that a thank you note after an interview is important. A successful thank you note should be short, concise, gracious, and restate your interest in the job. How to send a thank you note is something of an option for each person to decide what best fits their style. The same survey of HR managers found that the vast majority – 65% - of thank you notes they receive are e-mail messages. Thus, you have the ability to truly stand out by sending a thank you card via the mail. The tradeoff here is timeliness. A handwritten card shows that you put more care and effort into it but will take a few days to arrive. When thinking about the content of a thank you note, it is particularly important to try to fit as much as you can in as few words as possible. While you do want to err on the side of brevity, it is useful to make yourself stand out by bringing up something you learned in the interview or something that was discussed that made you look forward to the role. Example of a Basic Thank You
When writing a thank you note, there is a great deal of advice; however, I often find that the following template is a great way to format the thank you. Greeting Thank you sentence Sentence about something learned Sentence about looking forward to the opportunity Final thank you For example, here is what an application of this structure may look like: Dear Mr. Hogan:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to chat with me about the open position at Stark Industries. I was pleased to hear about the company’s recent efforts to use artificial intelligence to make vehicles safer. I would love to utilize my skills in machine learning to contribute to projects like this that truly benefit society. Thank you again for your time! Have a great day! Sincerely, John Jones
Assess Your Interview Performance
While the thank you note is certainly an integral part of the post-interview process, it is also important to reflect upon your performance. We tend to put a lot of thought into steps needed to get the job we just interviewed for; however, we often forget that the post-interview stage presents an excellent opportunity for self-reflection and growth. As you reflect about your interview performance, it is often useful to reflect upon the questions you were asked and how you answered them. Did you do a good job of listing examples of how you handled various situations or displaying skills? Were there questions that you thought you answered particularly well? Jot down notes about your response. Were there questions that you struggled to answer? Jot them down so that you can use them to prepare in the future. Reflection is an important part of the growth process. Contact Your References
This is not something you should do after every interview. In fact, if your references know you are currently job searching, they are probably expecting to be contacted regarding you. However, if you are just applying for one position or have started a new search, it is helpful to contact your references to let them know that they may be called. You should have already asked permission to list people as a reference prior to beginning to apply for positions; however, if it has been a while since you searched, your references may need a reminder that you are listing them. If it has been a while since you worked with a reference, it can also be helpful to send them an updated copy of your resume. Finally, if there is a position that you are particularly interested in and you feel you did great in the interview, it may be useful to call a reference and brief them about the role. Connect on Social Media This is a relatively new phenomenon so there are still some differences in personal styles regarding this particular aspect of the interview process. However, it is generally acceptable to send a connection request to your interviewer on a professional networking site such as LinkedIn after the interview. This would usually be done within 48 hours after the interview. Note that it is important to send the request on LinkedIn which is for professional relationships. Do not try to connect on a personal social network like Facebook. Once you send a request, the person will either accept it or deny it. If they do not accept it, do not take that negatively. Different people have different personal preferences about how they grow their network. Most people will accept the request. This is an important step in growing your professional network. Even if you do not get the job, the person may reach out to you if a future role comes up in the company that you would be good for.
Final Thoughts While the interview process is something that most candidates spend a lot of time preparing for, the post-interview process is something often forgotten. Following these key steps are important for helping increase your odds of getting the job and preparing for the future. For more tips on the interview process, Nxt Level Growth can provide professional expertise that can help you land your dream job!