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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Top Tips You Think You Know About Job Interview Techniques But Don’t

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job interview techniques galoreIf you’ve been honing your job interview techniques, you’ve no doubt been perusing all the tips and tricks the internet may offer.  There are so many tips out there it’s hard to differentiate fact from fiction.  There are several misconceptions about interviewing than you might think.  Perhaps you‘ve prepped your answers to the hundred most popular interview questions ahead of time, but before you go negotiating your salary just yet, you may want to consider this list of 4 tips you think you know about job interview techniques but don’t:

1. Ask a lot of questions at the end.

According to job experts, good job interview techniques include the importance in asking questions at the end of the interview.  Having a laundry list of questions at the end seems rehearsed and inorganic.  If questions come up during the interview, ask them.  Engaging the interviewer proves that you’re paying attention.  According to Careerbuilder.com’s annual survey of key interview mistakes, 29% said that not asking interesting questions was the worst offense. The key here is quality, not quantity.  Preparing a list of questions ahead of time is one of the most important job interview techniques out there, and should prove that you’ve done research on the company.  If you haven’t prepped a list of questions (naughty!) don’t just ask questions for the sake of asking questions.

2. Be upfront about your salary requirements.

Salary – the elephant in the room.  Salary is going to come up sooner or later, might as well get it out of the way from the start, right? Wrong.  Not only can mentioning salary requirements up front be presumptuous, you also run the risk of being low balled.  A good rule of thumb when it comes to job interview techniques is to let the hiring manager do the talking about money first.  According to the bestselling guide, 10 Minute Guide to Job Interviews by Dana Morgan, “He who speaks first loses.” If it can be avoided, let the other guy do the talking.

3. Never mention the bad stuff.

It’s important to highlight your best qualities and downplay your weaknesses, but be honest.  Expert job interview techniques require that you stay positive, but lying about why you were let go from your last job or implying that you have no flaws is a mistake.  Everyone has weaknesses, but they can be turned into positives.  If you and your last company weren’t a good fit, mention what you learned from it.  If you need to work on your computer skills, show your interviewer that you can take the initiative to go to a workshop. There are tons of job interview techniques out there, but positivity is key.

4. Be charming.

According to Careerbuilder.com’s survey, the 48% of interviewers felt that the one of the worst possible job interview techniques is appearing too cocky.  Common job interview techniques require portraying confidence, but there’s a line. Too much charm comes off as arrogant, not to mention kind of creepy.  Remember, this is an interview, not a date.

From the litany of job interview techniques out there, misconceptions are bound to come about.  After all your research, you may think that you know everything there is to know.  You may think you know everything there is to know about job interview techniques, but be careful – some tips are actually tricks in sheep’s clothing.

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