The Importance of Following Up After an Interview
Your interview is finished. Now What? Although you might think it’s time to sit back, relax and wait to hear from the hiring manager, there’s still an important step you should take.
In today’s competitive job market, effective follow-up after an interview is essential. As a professional recruiter, I believe staying in touch after an interview is equally as important as the research you do before meeting with a hiring manager. It may also mean the difference between you or someone else getting the job. In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 15% of hiring managers said they wouldn’t even consider a candidate who didn’t follow up.
Staying top of mind with a decision-maker is also important because even if you’re not the right candidate for that particular position, making a good impression and remaining in touch with a recruiter, human resources or hiring manager, can be incredibly valuable in the future. But with your career on the line, how do you know where professional persistence ends and pestering begins?
Here are some tried and true ways to stay in touch after your interview:
- Ask about next steps before you leave the interview. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer what happens next so you’ll know exactly when it’s acceptable to follow up.
- Send a thank you note out immediately after the interview. It’s an excellent way to follow up with the decision-maker. If possible, collect business cards from everyone you meet with so you can send a personalized note to each individual. Use your note to express your gratitude for their time, address some specifics from the interview and reiterate your interest in the job and the company.
- Ask if you can connect via LinkedIn. It’s a great way to build a long-term professional relationship with the decision-maker, whether you get the job or not.
- Check in periodically, but keep it simple and brief. One idea is to forward an article you think the decision-maker may find interesting.
As I mentioned above, following up after an interview could ultimately boost your chances of getting the job. Hiring managers want to hire people who truly want to work for their company. In addition to demonstrating your interest level in the role, following up after an interview also shows a perspective employer your dedication, tenacity and ability to follow through—all very important qualities sought by employers today.
by Trish Ryan
Trish Ryan is a regular contributor to PrincetonOne’s blog. With over 25 years of experience in the recruiting and staffing industry, Trish has helped a wide variety of companies from Fortune 100s to Start Ups, find the right talent for their organizations. Committed to providing timely industry information, Trish’s goal is to ensure that both clients and candidates experience a positive working relationship with their recruiters.
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