Succeeding during the interview is what most job seekers focus on. However, even if your interview goes well, if you fail to follow up properly afterwards there is a strong chance you will be rejected. The job market is still extremely competitive so it behooves you to stay on the employer’s radar after the interview is concluded. Here are three things you can do to improve your chances of landing a second interview and a job offer.
1. Ask, “What is the next step?” It is very easy to get sidetracked at the end of the interview. You will be energized and a little wiped out because you have invested so much energy presenting yourself. Now is not the time to lose your edge. Be sure to arrange the next interview before leaving. If the interviewer says he will get back to you, you can ask: “When might I expect to hear back from you?” Offer your mobile phone number or the best number to reach you.
2. Express your interest in the job. I have witnessed so many interviewees blow this important aspect of the interview. If you don’t express your interest the employer will assume you do not want the job. Tell the employer you are excited about the opportunity. This is also the time to market yourself one last time before you leave. Explain how you will make a solid contribution to the organization and how you made a strong connection with everyone you met. This is not the time to be shy.
3. Send a performance-based thank you. After you leave the interview, take a few moments to assess how it went. Take note of those areas where you felt particularly strong. Send a follow up email, preferably the same day and emphasize where you could contribute the most. It’s best if your performance example is related to a problem or an issue you gleaned from your interview.
Following up after an interview gives you another chance to market yourself and stay on the employer’s radar. Remember what they say about making a sale. It takes 5 to 7 touches to make a deal. Following up after your interview gives you another opportunity to close the deal and get an offer. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.