After a job interview, it's important to follow up with the hiring manager. In fact, thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet is the most important action you can take post-interview.
If possible, collect business cards from all your interviewers. That way, you'll have people's contact information on hand. If that isn't feasible, check on LinkedIn for the job titles, contact information, and the correct spelling of the interviewers' names. If the information isn't listed, look up interviewers on the company website or call the company's main line. A receptionist should be able to access the company directory and help you gather up details.
When you are selected for a job interview, it means that you're a serious contender for the job. That's why it's important to take the time to follow up after every single job interview, including both in-person and phone interviews, and second interviews.
By following up, you're reminding the interviewer that you're a strong candidate for the job and you are reinforcing the fact that you're qualified and should be given serious consideration.
Your thank you note also shows that you're interested in the position.
Along with expressing appreciation, your thank you letter, email, or call is an opportunity to:
· highlight your relevant qualifications
· show your enthusiasm for the role
· mention important details that didn't come up during the interview
1. Sooner Is Better
Send your note within 24 hours of the interview - sooner if you're emailing. 39 percent of respondents said they do it the next day. The 61 percent of poll respondents who said they wait two to three days, a week or never follow-up should take note.
2. The 3-Paragraph Rule
Your follow-up e-mail should be short, sweet and personalized. Generally, a good rule of thumb for the length is three paragraphs, with no more than two to three sentences in each paragraph.
First Paragraph: Briefly thank them for their time and reiterate your interest in the position.
Second Paragraph: Discuss a couple of your strengths and how the company would benefit if you were hired. Consider using bullet points to break up your text.
Third Paragraph: Include any points of clarifications you might have. Include answers to questions that you weren’t able to answer during the interview, or add new info about yourself that was left out of the interview. But, remember, keep it brief.
3. Double Check Their Names
Candidates should double check the spelling of the interviewer’s name, his or her title, and the address of the company. While you’re at it, don’t forget to spell-check the entire letter.
4. Avoid Follow-Up Faux Pas
After you have written your notes, double check to ensure that you have avoided these common mistakes:
· Cheesy emoticons and exclamation points
· Informal language
· Grammar/spelling errors
5. Don’t Call Them, They’ll Call You
Usually, toward the end of an interview, hiring managers will indicate a general time for when they will contact you. If this was not addressed, be sure to ask them to give you an idea in your initial follow-up e-mail. Only call the employer if that date has passed. Call any time before then and you will come off as desperate and bothersome.