Interview preparation is important, but it might be how you handle yourself after the interview that makes the biggest difference.
That's right. There are a number of post-interview dos and don'ts that could mean the difference between landing a job and being overlooked.
When it comes to interview success, here are just a few things to do — and not to do — after the interview.
If you've just made it through the interview process and you're wondering what to do in the meantime, don't lose your nerves.
As the following article shows, here's how to follow up after a job interview with some well-thought-out dos.
- Send a Follow-up Email. By sending a follow-up email, you're letting the interviewer know that you are interested, motivated, and thankful for their time. Make sure you recap the reasons why you're apt for the job within the follow-up email. Also, send the email 24 to 48 hours after the interview.
- Make Sure Your Social Profiles are Clean. Nowadays, many hiring managers use social media as a go-to resource to find out more about candidates. Because of this, it's important to make sure your social profiles are a good representation of who you are.
- Call After a Week. If after a week you haven't heard anything about the job, give the interviewer or hiring manager a call. Don't sound desperate, but simply inquire whether the position has been filled.
- Ask for the Interviewer's Contact Information. Whether you take their card or write it down, having the interviewer's contact information on hand makes the follow-up process much easier.
- Give Your References a Heads Up. Letting your references know they could be contacted in the near future will help them avoid being caught off guard if and when they are called.
Just as there are steps you want to take when following up on an interview, there are also some pretty specific missteps you want to avoid.
If you're about to embark on the interview process, keep in mind the dos and don'ts above when it comes to the post-interview aftermath.
- Send Multiple Follow-up Emails. One follow-up email is fine, but sending multiples within a short period of time will do more harm than good. Not only do multiple follow-ups show your desperation, they'll also end up irritating the interviewer.
- Wait Too Long or Not Long Enough to Follow Up. Sending a follow-up email after the 48-hour period might translate to you not caring about the job. Likewise, sending a follow-up the second you walk out of the interview won't give the interviewer a chance to process the interview itself.
- Misspell Names. Misspelling the interviewer's name — or worse the company's name — in your follow-up email is a major no-no, so get the spellings right.
- Friend the Interviewer via Social Media. Reaching out to the company you just interviewed with on LinkedIn is one thing, but friending the actual interviewer on sites like Facebook is just bad etiquette.
- Stop Your Job Search. Just because your interview was successful doesn't mean you should end your job hunt. Continuing your job search after the interview will keep you occupied and give you a plan B if the initial interview doesn't result in a job.
Adam Groff is a freelance writer, honest interviewee, and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including personal health, Steve Wynn, and home improvement. When Adam’s not busy writing copious amounts of web copy, he likes to volunteer as a community theatre playwriting instructor, a field of work in which he holds dual Master’s degrees.