After the interview, which can be both at times intense and challenging, it might be tempting to relax and breathe a sigh of relief. However, the time after an interview offers you a perfect opportunity to reinforce your application and promote yourself as the #1 candidate for the job. So, rather than sitting back with your feet up and waiting for the phone to ring, ensure that your credentials are considered above the competition by following some key steps.
Say "Thank you"
After the interview, follow these steps quickly and efficiently to strengthen your application while you are still fresh in the minds of your potential employers:
- Prepare a short, personal thank you letter for each person you had an interview. This should be emailed, but you can follow up with a hand written note if you'd like. Be sure to include your name, the position you're applying for and mention something significant or memorable about of your conversation or offer additional insight on a topic discussed.
- Timing is crucial, so be sure to send your thank you within 24 hours after the interview. While you should take time on the letter, your potential employers should receive it while the process remains fresh in their minds.
- Patience is a virtue, but it's not one that will secure you the job of your dreams. Interviewers might give an estimated date for their decision, but if you haven't heard anything by this time, you are entitled to contact them. Be sure to balance your communication with potential employers—respect their time and word while displaying your drive and desire to work.
The Purpose of Post-Interview Communication
There are several reasons for and benefits to sending a "thank you" note. Some job seekers don't send a thank you letter, so by sending one, you'll stand out from the other candidates. You'll also show that you have a polite and confident manner and are aware of appropriate social conduct.
Plus, you'll maintain contact with employers after an interview to stay in the loop in regards to their decision. Be sure to follow up once a discussed date has passed, to show your enthusiasm and desire for the role. Remember, an interview is used by employers to determine your suitability for a specific role, but you can take the initiative after the event to reinforce your own desirable attributes.
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