Whether you just got out of a job interview or if you’re ready to ace your next one, here’s one part of the application process that’s not as cut and dry as you might think, the follow-up. Don’t allow important job opportunities to slip away from you because you don’t take the initiative to follow up. Be driven, stay top of mind, and be professional because when you’re competing against industry-leading candidates, it’s the seemingly little things that can make all the difference. Here are a few ways to properly follow up with an interviewer that can help you get the job.
Thank Your Interviewer for their Time
Did you know that the best follow-up starts the day of the interview? A brief emailed thank-you note – written and sent right after the interview is completed – is an excellent way to remind interviewers of their conversation with you, without appearing pushy or nagging. An effective thank-you note can be quite straightforward. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you and tell them how you enjoyed meeting them. Think of this follow-up activity as a way to exemplify your professionalism, your personality, and your courteous nature. Avoid reminding them to contact you regarding the results of the interview and consider ending the note with a simple “I hope to see you again soon.”
Check-In on Progress As Needed, But Not Too Often
Work closely with your recruiter when checking in on the progress of your application. As mentioned above, they are your best advocate in the hiring process. But you shouldn’t feel that you don’t have a part to play after the interview is completed. After you have completed the interview and all parties have had some time to think over the conversation and the impression that was made, consider reaching out to your job counselor or recruiter. You job counselor or recruiter can provide updates on the status of the job or advice on how to proceed. If you think of something particularly relevant after the interview, and you would like to share with the employer, pass it through your recruiter, so they are also able to stay up to date on progress.
Align Your Strategy with Your Recruiter
If you are working through a job placement firm, you have a significant resource at your disposal in the follow-up process. After sending a simple thank you email, your best bet is to work with your recruiter to check in on progress. Think of your recruiter as your job counselor and your best advocate in the interview process. If you would like any feedback on your performance on an interview, they are a great resource to glean valuable information from. They can often tell you how the interviewer perceived your presentation and give you tips on how to prepare for future interviews.
Working With a Placement Firm like Williams Industrial is Ideal
One of the great things about working through a placement firm is that you are unlikely to annoy a prospective employer because you are working directly through your recruiter. To branch outside of the process and contact the company directly sends a bad message and you will likely come across as more desperate than you would like to present yourself. Stick with your recruiter and trust in their ability to interact with employers on your behalf. For more information, contact our team at Williams Industrial!