Blog / Don’t Lose the Job After the Interview

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Searching for a job is a difficult and arduous task. Trying to find the right job to match your skill set, spending hours preparing your resume, filling out online applications, scheduling and preparing for the interview, and waiting possibly weeks for results can be draining. When the process is over, it’s natural to think it’s okay to take a break, but that would be a mistake. The same drive and effort you put into GETTING the interview, needs to be put into following up AFTER the interview.

Here are a few things you can do to better your chances of securing the job.

  1. Ask the questions - inevitably, every interviewer is going to end the process with “Do you have any questions for us?” You should ALWAYS be prepared with a couple questions you can ask about the job. Don’t ask questions that can be answered by looking on the company website or reading the job description. Ask specifics about the job itself, or the team you might be working with. This will show the interviewer your level of interest and preparation.

  2. Send a thank you email or personalized note - This should always be done within 24 hours of the interview. Be sure you address the note to the person who interviewed you. If there were multiple people on the committee, send a note to each individual. Customize the body of the note and mention something specific that came up during your meeting. Also, it never hurts to remind them why you would be a good fit for the organization. Remember, your final impression can be as important as your first impression.

  3. Check your references - If you let a good amount of time pass between asking someone to be a reference for you and getting an interview, give them a phone call to let them now they might be contacted. You wouldn’t want a potential employer calling your reference and catching them off guard. Touch base with them and let them know what position you are applying for and with what company. Remind them about your qualifications and why you think you would be a good fit for the new organization. If the person gets contacted, they can speak knowledgeably about your background and experience.

  4. Follow up - If you haven’t heard anything in the time frame you were expecting, don’t be afraid to send a follow up email or phone call. Hiring managers get busy and can lose track of the amount of time that has passed after finalizing a hiring decision. Don’t be apologetic for inquiring about the status of the job. This shows the level of interest and drive you have for the position.

The work doesn’t stop once the interview is over. Be sure to follow up and continue to show a high level of interest in the position until you have a definite answer. It could be the difference between securing the job or being passed over for someone else.

 

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