Interview Follow- Up: Strategies To Increase Your Chances Of Getting The Job Offer
After they' ve finished interviewing for a job they want, many people express frustration. Complaints like, " Why hasn' t the company called me back? " If I don' t get a response from the employer, it feels like I have no choice but to wait for an answer. Those are the only things I can tell you at this time. No " secret trick" or " magic bullet" will persuade an employer to hire you. The good news is that there are ways to influence the employer' s decision and finish the process, so you can get the job you want. It' s possible to significantly influence the results of your interviews by making even minor adjustments to the way you conduct yourself.
To help you succeed in your interview, here is a list of ten pointers to guide you.
Set the groundwork for a successful follow- up
Having a well- defined follow- up system is the first step (which most candidates do NOT). Before you even arrive at the interview, you should have a strategy in place! Once the wheels are in motion, you won' t have to think about it anymore. You will feel less stressed and more relaxed if you take this step. As a bonus, you' ll feel more confident in your abilities and more in control of the situation at hand. Prior to the interview, you can improve your performance by preparing a follow- up strategy.
Consider yourself more of a consultant than a potential employee
Don' t spend all of your time at the interview trying to sell yourself. Instead, concentrate on asking insightful and in- depth questions about the company' s problems and concerns (like a good consultant would). Your answers to these questions should be based on the research you' ve done in advance. Prepare your next steps by writing down the interviewer' s responses. As much as possible, focus on your past accomplishments and how they relate to the interviewer' s stated challenges (Accomplishment Stories).
Take your time when you are presented with an offern
Aoffer of a professional level job is almost never made at the first interview. As a result, don' t hurl yourself into it. Your first interview isn' t about getting an offer, but rather about getting a second meeting with a higher- ranking employee. Every interview is an opportunity to learn more about the company' s primary needs and problems by asking more questions. The more of these issues you discover, the better prepared you will be to submit your proposal for service at the right time.
Next steps should be planned and confirmed at the conclusion of each meeting. Keep in mind that the quality of an interview or any meeting is only as good as the follow- up actions that are generated following the meeting or interview. Don' t accept " We' ll let you know" or other passive statements as an answer. Take a more active role and get the employer' s commitment to the next steps
Make sure to follow up quickly and effectively
Make sure to send your thank- you letters as soon as possible after your interview is over. Individualized (not generic) and specific references must be included for each person with whom you had a meeting (something they said or contributed). Maintain professionalism and clarity in all communication modes, including e- mail and phone calls. If you said you' d send more information or documents to the employer, make sure you do so as soon as you say you will.
Build your value with each and every follow- up contact
Once you' ve completed the interview, go over your notes to make sure you' ve captured the company' s most pressing issues, problems, and opportunities. Identify areas in your career where you' ve dealt with similar issues successfully. Include succinct summaries of these accomplishments in your thank- you letter, and use a side- by- side chart to show how they relate to the company' s stated challenges. Send the employer actual examples of your work to support your claims. This will show that you have what it takes to be a true problem- solver and that you can bring your unique value to this organization.
Be on time and persistent in your work
This tactic shouldn' t even be mentioned, but some applicants sabotage their chances of getting an offer by showing up late or dropping the ball mid- interview. If you don' t call or do what you say you' re going to do on time, you won' t be taken seriously. Consistent, regular follow- ups by phone and email are part of proper business etiquette. Make it clear that you are seriously interested, but avoid being overbearing in your approach.
Make use of resources from outside the company
After the initial interview, if you know anyone who could influence the hiring decision or who knows the interviewer, ask them to put in a good word. Do so with caution, as this can be a sensitive or highly- political matter. Send a few letters of recommendation from respected members of your professional network, at the very least.
Accept the fact that you' ve been rejected
It' s your responsibility to accept the offer if you' ve done everything you can reasonably do to secure the position. If you get the message that the company isn' t interested in you, either directly or indirectly, or if they actually reject you, you have no choice but to move on. Even if you think the job is perfect for you, you can' t force the interviewer to give you an offer.
Turn adversity into adversity into adversity
A thank- you letter is the first thing you should do after being rejected. After being rejected, you can set yourself apart from the competition by sending a formal, polite letter. Thank you for your consideration and congratulate the new employee on their new role. If the chosen candidate does not work out for any reason, state that you would be happy to be considered for the position again. When a " new hire" doesn' t work out, you' ll be surprised. When an employer is looking for a quick replacement, your name will be at the top of the list. In some cases, the employer may even offer you a new position at the company as soon as a vacancy arises because of your grace and professionalism.
Stay in touch with the company if you had a good experience with them. Keep your options open by making it as simple as possible for potential employers to get in touch with you and hire you.
Using these post- interview follow- up strategies will help you get more job offers and feel more confident and effective during the hiring process.[NewsNaira]