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You’ve applied for your dream job and you’ve landed an interview – but once the interview’s done, what should your next steps be?
If your potential future employer is trying to choose between you and one other candidate, how do you make sure that you’re the one they choose to offer the role to?
In this blog, we’ll give you a few tips on how you can follow up with your interviewer after an interview to give you a better chance of success.
What should you do after a job interview to ensure your best chance of success?
Although most job seekers do a lot of prep before their interview, not many follow up once the interview is finished. But making contact after your job interview is finished, provided you go about it the right way, will keep your meeting fresh in an employer’s mind and can help seal the deal. Here are a few ideas for improving your chances of getting a call-back. You can pick and choose which of these tips you want to implement, or you can use all of them if you feel like they’re all applicable.
Send a thank you note
We don't mean an actual hand-written letter. Sending a brief note or email thanking the interviewer for their time demonstrates that you are serious about getting the job.
Make sure you include the name of the person who interviewed you, the job title and a brief mention of any specifics that were discussed during the interview. You can close the email by expressing your appreciation for the opportunity, reiterating your interest in the position and leaving your contact details.
Follow up on something you discussed during the interview
If you feel like there was a question in the interview that you didn’t answer as well as you could have, writing a thank you email gives you an opportunity to follow up on this. You don’t have to go overboard and over-explain things, but if you feel like you really did miss out on something important than this is your opportunity to bring that up.
If it feels appropriate to do so, you could also include a sample of your work that you didn’t have time to get into during the interview, or maybe even include a link to a book or article that relates to a topic you discussed.
The most important thing here is to make sure you keep things short, straightforward and relevant.
Be patient and follow instructions
Waiting to hear back is probably the most uncomfortable part of the interview process. But if you were told you'd hear back within two weeks, don’t call the Hiring Manager two days later and ask if they've reached a decision yet.
Continuously following up after you’ve specifically been told to wait can sometimes be seen as aggressive rather than assertive, and could potentially ruin your chances of being offered the role.
So once you’ve sent your thank-you note, try to be patient and follow the instructions you were given. However, If you don’t hear back at the appointed time you probably weren’t chosen for the job. That said, if you’ve followed instructions and waited then you can definitely call or email to get confirmation of the outcome.
If you have not received any indication of when you will be notified of the outcome, then you can follow up in a few days to a week and just make enquiries. But don’t bombard the Hiring Manager with phone calls and emails – this will probably only annoy them.
Learn from your mistakes
After each job interview, it’s a good idea to make a checklist of what you feel went well and also what you would like to do better the next time around. Even if you don’t ace every job interview you go to, you can still learn something valuable from each one.
If you’re notified that the job has gone to someone else, you can thank the hiring manager for letting you know and ask if they would be willing to provide any feedback on how your interview went and what you could do in the future to improve your chances of being hired.
In addition, you can always let the Hiring Manager know that you’re still very interested in working for the company even if you weren’t successful for this particular role. Invite them to keep your resume on file and to keep you in mind for any future job opportunities.
Want more information on how to get an interview in the first place? Check out our tips on ‘How to write a resume’ and see if your resume stands out to employers.