Regardless of how great your interview goes, there are so many variables and factors that still need to be added into the hiring equation. Luckily, there are some things that can be done about the aforementioned uncertainty not long after you leave the interview chair.
In the never-ending effort to give yourself a competitive edge, we’ve complied four must-do’s for every post-interview. Follow up with these four tips and increase your chances of hearing those two magical words: you’re hired!
Dive Into Research
Now that your interview is complete, it’s a good idea to conduct some research based on the conversations that you had and the interview insight that you gained. Follow up with your own independent search on industry trends or hot topics related to the job and industry you’re going for.
Chances are during your interview the hiring manager mentioned plans for the company’s future and direction. Preform any related research that sheds light on tips and trends in relation to their desired growth. Look up similar niches and see who’s already doing something similar and take examples from ways in which they are doing it well.
Show Off Your Skills
If you really want to stand out, it’s a nice touch to show off your skills in real time. The action here will be based on the job you are going for, but either way it should be a fresh, tangible proof of work. (For example, a blogger might create a sample post, a social media manager could draft a mock marketing plan, etc.)
Show off your understanding of what the job is really about, and reveal your enthusiastic interest to make an impact. Keep this document as a separate attachment, you’ll be using it in your next step…
Thank You +Plus
With your research and sample work done, its time to draft a short and sweet thank you email…with a little something extra. Here’s an example as to how you can apply everything thus far and make an impressive splash in a hiring manager’s inbox:
Hello (Insert Hiring Manager’s Name),
Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today. It was a pleasure to discuss (Insert A Research) and how it relates to (Insert B Research).
I’ve attached a mock sample (-Attach Sample-) to give you more insight into how I might approach this position, should the opportunity to prove myself be extended.
Thank you again for your time and consideration.
(Insert Your Name)
(Insert Your Contact Info.)
Until you are sitting at a new desk, you should not stop applying to new jobs. You never know the unique circumstances that will require you to keep looking. Even if the following tips blow the hiring manager away and you are offered a job, you may come to find that the hiring details (pay, schedule requirements) don’t serve your needs.
The job hunt requires you to pick up a certain rhythm and flow, so keep up the work by applying until your find the perfect professional fit!