The Follow Up

Posted by | August 11, 2012 | Tips For Job Seekers

You wrote a great cover letter, polished up your resume and finally landed that coveted job interview. Afterwards, you leave your prospective employer with a great feeling knowing that you nailed the interview! You did everything right and now all you have to do is wait for the phone to ring or get a confirmation in your email inbox that the job is yours, right? Wrong!

In today’s highly competitive job market, differentiating yourself from other candidates is of critical importance. Employers are often inundated with applications from qualified individuals for an available job. This is especially true in large cities where a highly skilled, highly educated population of prospective workers are vying for ever diminishing, well-paying jobs.

To set yourself apart and stand out from others, you need more than an eye catching resume or a fancy suit. Chances are that the other applicants you’re competing with are just as smart, qualified, and hungry as you. So, how do you stand out from the crowd and get the interviewer’s attention? One way is with the follow up.

Too many people forget about following up with the interviewer after the interview stage(s). This often overlooked part of the job seeking process is an important factor in terms of marketing oneself as the right candidate for the job. Hiring managers and HR professionals want to know that not only are you interested in the job, but you pay attention to the small details and take the initiative to go that extra mile.

There are a few simple ways to do an effective follow up. The first is to call back the person who interviewed you and leave a short message in their voice mail inbox. A second way is to send the person a brief message via email. Some individuals go even further and send the interviewer a thank you note. Whatever method you choose, remember to keep your follow up short. A long voice message or email might irritate the interviewer and end up having the opposite effect you hoped for.

Finally, do your follow up promptly. Don’t wait till a week after your interview has ended to make contact. Some individuals do a follow up the same day. Others prefer to wait for one or two days.

In your follow up, you should thank the interviewer(s) for taking the time to meet with you and discuss the job opportunity. You can also continue to express your interest in the job in a line or two. End your follow up on a positive note and be sure to thank the interviewer(s) for considering your candidacy.

A good follow up allows you to continue marketing yourself as the candidate of choice. It leaves a good impression in the mind of the interviewer and impressions count! Above all, it tells people that you are willing to take that extra step to set yourself apart from other potential candidates. And, in a competitive job market – every little step helps.

~ Jeevan Bhagwat is a professional Canadian writer and Learning Consultant.

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