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Posted February 22, 2019 by

2 tips for how to stand out by following up after your job interview

Congratulations. You found a job of interest to you, applied, were granted an interview, and were interviewed. You’ve got a ways to go before you get hired, but how do you increase your chances of advancing from your first interview to the second and even further rounds?

Following up with the recruiters and hiring managers who interviewed you is key. You want to be sure that they know that you remain interested, not just as you’re walking out the door but in the days, weeks, and maybe even months to come. But be sure that you follow-up and don’t cross the line to be perceived as been a stalker. Some contact is good. Daily contact is bad.

A couple of tangible tips:

  • Bring with you to the interview some pre-stamped envelopes with thank you note cards. Immediately after you’re interviewed and have left the building, handwrite a quick thank you note to each person who interviewed you with a reference in each note to something that they said so they’ll know that your note was customized. Get those into the local mail that same day. The interviewers will likely receive the note the next business day, which will really impress them.
  • Once every week or two, email the interviews a note to confirm your continuing interest and provide them with a link or attach a scan of an article etc. that you’ve seen that may be of interest to them, such as something interesting that the press wrote about their company or one of their vendors or customers. You’d be surprised how many recruiters and hiring managers will assume that silence from a candidate indicates lack of interest.
Posted June 19, 2012 by

Following Up After an Interview has Value

A thank you after an interview is not just appreciated, but helpful to your job search.

Job seekers may want to trade in their monogrammed letterhead for smartphones to thank potential employers for meeting with them. Eighty-seven percent of managers interviewed for an Accountemps survey said email is an appropriate way to express thanks after meeting with a hiring manager, and 81 percent cited phone calls as OK. But, say employers, save the texting for your friends. Only 10 percent of survey respondents take a positive view of text messages as a way to follow up.

No matter which communication method you choose, showing a little gratitude could give you an edge in your employment search, the survey suggests. Most respondents (91 percent) like being thanked by promising job candidates. (more…)