Interview Follow Up
Follow-up is critical. It is an opportunity to build upon your first impression. Many companies wait for your follow-up and eliminate anyone who fails to do so.
During the Interview
Collect business cards; give them your card. If you are not currently employed, or do not have business cards, have a generic one made up with your contact information on it. Take notes related to job duties and major points discussed.
After the Interview
Critique your performance immediately after the interview. Make additional notes on important points requiring more explanation that could be addressed in a second interview. Write to the interviewer within 24 hours. You may fax or e-mail if appropriate, but also mail a hard copy on good quality paper.
One typed page expressing appreciation for their time and restating your interest in the job with a brief recap of how your qualifications meet the needs of the company. Close with another statement of your strengths, your belief that you can perform the job successfully, and a statement that you will call at a specific time to follow up on the process. Asking for the job is not only appropriate; it is a must.Fax, E-Mail or Phone
- Must be done within 24 hours of the interview, but others may follow at appropriate intervals to determine progress. Choose the most appropriate for the company: letter, fax, e-mail, or phone.
- Phone calls must be planned and organized just like a fax or e-mail. Write a script and keep it short and professional.
- When you have sent a follow-up and have not heard back for a week or two, a follow-up fax or brief note may generate some interest or an answer about whether you are still a candidate. It's acceptable to ask if a decision has been yet. You could even send related industry research or news story—be creative, but not a pest.
- When you have received another job offer, and the company you have not heard from is your number one choice, call to let them know of the other pending offer.
- List your priorities related to responsibilities, salary, location, working conditions, benefits, and how the position fits into your career goals. Match the offer with your list. Examine advantages and disadvantages separately. You may want to assign a numerical ranking system to make your decision easier.
- If you have had a firm offer, it is OK to contact other pending companies to find out their time frames for action.