Following up after an interview is not only your chance to express interest in the job and thank your interviewers, it is also a your opportunity to make another great impression. Many job seekers overlook this key step in the interview process, which could cost them in the long run. Let’s take a look at what needs to happen immediately following your interview.
Do a Post Mortem
As soon as you exit the building, go to your car and take a few moments to evaluate how the interview went. Don’t wait until you get home. You want to capture the essence of the interview while everything is fresh in your mind.
Which questions could you have answered differently? What work accomplishments were left unsaid because the interviewer didn’t probe that area? Perhaps there is a specific function you performed or a project you managed that is in line with the requirements of the job that you forgot to mention. This is also the time to write down what excites you about the opportunity and why you are a perfect fit.
Send a performance – based thank you email
Send your follow up email the same day as your interview. If you met with multiple interviewers craft individual emails to each. Don’t copy/paste the same content to each person, as they will compare notes. Pick a topic that is relevant to person’s department and elaborate on how you could add value if hired.
For example: “Susan, I have given further thought to your question about my proficiency with Excel which is a key requirement for this job. I forgot to mention that I recently completed an advanced Excel training and feel confident in my ability to use complex macros and formulas, and generate custom formatted spreadsheets.
How to structure your email
First, convey your interest. You need to let them know you want the job and why. Perhaps there was an aspect of the job you learned about during the interview that is particularly appealing to you. Talk about it.
Next, include any information about your candidacy that you forgot to mention during the interview that could be an additional marketing point. For example: “I neglected to mention while at XYZ Company I had full responsibility for setting up our 401(K) and Cafeteria Benefits Plans. I am certain this would come in handy as you begin to source new benefit vendors”. Close by asking for the job and thank them for the opportunity to meet with them.
Remember, employers will often evaluate you on the professionalism and motivation you demonstrate after your interview just as much or more than what you display during the interview. It is therefore critical to have a strategy for your post interview follow up. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.