By: Ashlee FB
While many people highly anticipate the process leading up to an interview such as building one’s wardrobe, rehearsing interview questions, researching companies, etc., many forget the important steps to take after the interview is over. By following up, you’re letting the interviewer know you are serious about the position and have taken time out of your day to go above and beyond coming in for the interview. Following up sets you apart from the rest of the interviewees.
1) Send a follow-up email
The follow-up email should be sent as soon as you have access to a computer. This email may include thanking the interviewer(s) for their time, talking about what was discussed in the interview, highlighting your interest in the company, or contact information. Whatever you decide to include in your email is up to you based on what you find appropriate. However, it is an imperative step in the interview process as it reiterates why you are a stand-out for the position.
2) Connect on LinkedIn if you haven’t already
This is a step many people forget to take. By connecting on LinkedIn you are showing interest and initiative. You are potentially making a long-term contact within the company, so it is good to be connected professionally. Remember to avoid the generic requests! Be personal and friendly in your request to connect.
3) Send a hand written thank you
In our world of technological communication these days, a hand written thank you card can go a long way. Those with a more traditional style will especially appreciate a hand written card. Again, send this card as quickly as possible, as chances are, they will be interviewing many people at this time.
4) Answer your phone!
I find it astonishing how many people our age fail to answer their phone if it is a number that is not recognized. While searching for a job or internship it is crucial to answer calls, as they may be job offers or requests for another interview. If you are unable to take the call, it is imperative you have a professional voicemail greeting set on your phone. This has a large role in how the interview team perceives you and also ensures they have called the correct number.
I hope these steps will leave an imprint as to why following-up with an employer is so crucial! Again, good luck in your career and internship search!
Of possible interest:
- Negotiating Table: The Interview Thank You Note
- Ways to Say Thank You at the End of Your Summer Internship
- What to Say in a Thank You Card Besides “Thank You”
- Nothing Says “Hire Me” Like “Thank You” [infographic]