How Not Following Up Can Kill Your Job Chances

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After an interview, most people are content to grab a drink, sit back and wait for the telephone to ring. All the stress of preparing for an interview and answering questions is over with and its time to take it easy, right? Wrong. You still have work to do after an interview has ended. First and foremost, keep searching for jobs and refrain from resting on your laurels. Nothing has been finalized. You’re just a contender. However, you can improve your chances by following up after your interview.

Following up with an employer after an interview serves several purposes. Primarily it keeps you in the mind of the hiring company. Getting back in touch with a possible employer refreshes their memory of you. The hiring process has lots of moving parts and plenty of applicants. Getting lost in the shuffle can happen and following up lets you rise back to the top and prevents you from becoming forgotten.

However, following up serves the purpose of voicing your interest in the job. It shows that applying for this position actually means something to you and isn’t just one of many. Think of it this way, if you meet someone that you’re really interested in, you follow up with them right? You send them a text or call them to let them know you want to get some coffee or lunch and to also express your interest in them, that it wasn’t just a random
encounter but that you want to possibly make this into something a bit more serious. Following up with a company after you’ve interviewed with is just like that.

This all begs the question of how exactly you follow up a job interview. Calling the office on your way out the front door is a bit much but you don’t want to wait a few weeks after not hearing anything to follow up. The best way to get back in touch is with a quick phone call about a week after your interview. While this may not be the best method if you’re interviewing with a large company that most likely isn’t aware of all its hiring’s, a smaller business will likely put you in touch with the right people to follow up with.

Try and get the contact information of the person who interviewed you before you head home for the day. Everyone in a professional setting usually carries around business cards so this should be a pretty straightforward request. Call this person if you feel comfortable but an email will often suffice if you are directly contacting your interviewer.

Following up just makes sense in terms of expressing your interest. If you interview for a job you really want, or need, make sure you keep yourself fresh in your possible employer’s mind by following up.

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