Following Up

The interview is over, now comes the waiting. Waiting for the employer to call with what you hope is good news.  However, what many fail to realize is that communication between you and the employer does not need to cease during the time following the interview. In fact, follow-up communication is a great way to set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates.

The important thing to remember is to keep it professional.  Your goal is to give the employer a positive reminder of you; not to pester them.  This means that if things are dragging out and it has been a while since you last spoke, it is okay to check-in every once in a while.

One simple step that you can take to know when it is appropriate to follow-up is to ask the employer at the end of the interview, "what are the next steps?"  Not only will this show that you have genuine interest in a future with the company, it will also  provide a timeline of when decisions are being made and when you should expect to hear back.

Every interview that you participate in does warrant a specific kind of follow-up communication, a thank-you note. No matter what the job, company, or position, for each interview it is polite and important to send a message expressing your gratitude.  It can be as simple as thanking them for taking the time to talk with you. The thank-you card also offers an opportunity to show that you were paying attention by bringing up a topic that was discussed during the interview.  The sooner it is sent out the better and the more impressive you will appear to the employer.

The other form of follow-up communication that is becoming more popular is connections made on the website LinkedIn.  This kind of communication should be approached with caution! It is only appropriate if you ask the employer first.  You want to ask in a way that seems natural, meaning not an ambush and not in a way that will cause the employer to question your motivation for doing so.

Keeping in touch after an interview does not need to be a difficult process as long as it is done appropriately.  For more tips on ways to follow-up click here to read Forbes online article.