An interview may be over, but it’s never too late to make a good impression on a potential employer. Because our peo services include recruiting, we know a lot about the hiring process and making impressions. Here are eight different strategies we think will help you increase your candidacy.
- Continue to show your interest in the position. Be clear at the end of your interview with your intentions. If you are still interested in the position, end with a positive phrase like “Thank you for your consideration, I would like to contribute to this company.”Don’t walk away from the interview without ironing out the rest of the hiring process. Be inquisitive and ask what date they hope to fill the position. By doing so, you demonstrate enthusiasm and alleviate any stress you might have concerning the hirer’s timeframe.
- Set the stage for further contact. Candidates may feel pushy by contacting potential employers after an interview, but if you don’t your lack of effort could be mistranslated to indifference. We suggest asking the recruiter about his preferred follow-up communication.
- Perfect your punctuality. If you tell the interviewer you will send him a sample of your work, or a list of references, follow through on time. Answering requests in a timely manner speaks volumes about your potential work ethic and character.
- Respect the recruiter’s request. If the recruiter tells you to follow up by email in a week, follow his instructions. If you take the liberty to call the recruiter the next day against his request, you could ruin your shot at the position.
- Send a prompt note of gratitude. There is no industry standard for sending thank-you notes, but many experts agree that emailing a thank-you note within 24 hours of the interview is nonintrusive and polite. Some candidates may want to consider following up with a handwritten note three business days later.
- Keep researching the company. If you want to stand out at an additional interview or follow-up phone call, keep learning about the company. By continually learning new things about the organization you can be prepared for the next steps. Have a list of questions you would like answered. These small steps show the company you still care.
- Utilize references. Never underestimate the power of networking. If you have a connection to the company, use it. Ask whomever you may know that could influence the hiring decision to put in a good word for you.
- Be graceful about rejection. Burning bridges is not a good idea. If the position is not offered to you, keep your emotions in check. Being cordial helps you maintain a professional reputation. At times, the accepted candidate may not work out, or a new position with the same company may become available and you could still be a potential hire.
To really seal the deal, it is best to tailor your approach to the interviewer and company. When it comes to the right post-interview behavior, pay attention to the culture of the company during the hiring process and act accordingly.
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