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Post Interview Follow Up

Your post interview follow up efforts will play a major role in whether or not you get a job offer. The most difficult stage of your job interview will be the waiting game afterwards.

The number one complaint I hear from job seekers is: Employers take too long to get back to them with feedback or a hiring decision.

The right follow up approach will allow you take back some control, and speed things up without being perceived as pushy or annoying.

It also will prevent you from coming across as someone who is desperate, or worse yet...

a stalker candidate.

Whoever said, patience is a virtue, wasn't kidding.

8 Effective Interview Follow Up Techniques

  1. Send a brief, but well written interview thank you letter.

    This is without a doubt a good first step towards winning an offer. It always makes a positive impression on the hiring manager.

    Surprisingly, not all job seekers do this. I've devoted an entire webpage on writing an effective interview thank you letter.

  2. Make sure your employment references, sometimes referred to as job references, will give you a good recommendation and talk positively about you. Don't assume this will happen automatically.

  3. Consider asking your former boss or other influential person to write for you a character reference letter. A well written character reference letter can make a difference in you getting a job interview or a job offer.

  4. Three strikes and you're OUT! Job seekers needlessly worry about how many times they should call the company if nothing is happening or no one is calling them back.

    My 3 strikes rule lowers your blood pressure and eliminates the need for anger management classes.

    This interview follow up technique gives you some control and influence over the hiring process with almost no risk of offending anyone. Seriously!

  5. Collecting your travel expenses. This technique tells you how to get reimbursed for travel expenses without losing your cool or rubbing someone the wrong way.

    It's amazing how many companies take their sweet time about reimbursing you for your travel expenses.

    Waiting 30+ days is simply unreasonable. If you set things up right from the beginning your reimbursement check will arrive like clockwork.

  6. Should you call the manager to ask more questions about the job?

    The answer to this interview follow up question depends on whether or not the manager gave you their business card and said...

    Call me if you have any questions.

    This is definitely a buying signal, especially if they give you their cell phone number.

    In most cases, you should view this as an open invitation to call them. It may even be part of your interview evaluation.

    Appropriate interview follow up questions should focus on the scope of the job or something that is related to the company's products, services, or systems.

    Only ask 4 or 5 questions. Do some research beforehand to show that you tried to find out on your own first.

  7. Promptly return calls, emails, and requests for information.

    This interview follow up advice may seem unnecessary, but you'd be surprised how many job seekers fall out of favor with hiring managers by not providing timely information (references, employment application), or simply taking too long to return a phone call.

    Sometimes job seekers will view a phone call from an administrator as low priority. In many cases, this admin is the manager's right-hand person who has a lot of influence on the hiring manager.

    Treat them with indifference at your own risk.

  8. True Story

    As an executive recruiter, I was given a retained search by a construction equipment manufacturer.

    I was working directly with the chief information officer.

    He told me if he was ever unavailable I should just work directly with his executive secretary, Linda.

    On a few occasions I called Linda. I asked for her opinion about a couple of my candidates or their company policies.

    I treated her as an equal even though she was pretty cold and had an all business type of personality.

    One day out of the clear blue, this CIO called me to thank me for treating Linda with such courtesy and respect.

    He commented that too often executives inside and outside the company treated her like a low level underling...and she highly resented it.

    He told me what a valuable key adviser she was to him.

    Make sure you treat everyone as equals. You never know who might have black ball power.

  9. Stay focused and prepared for a possible for a second job interview. Often times a second interview can be more challenging than the first.

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