Indeed, after scheduling an interview, preparing for it ambitiously, and giving the best on the Interview day – most of the candidates think that it is over now. Though it is almost over still one crucial aspect remains of the Interview journey and that’s called the Follow-Up Process! Moreover, in today’s highly competitive world, following-up after an interview becomes the must as you can’t afford to lose the opportunity even after performing well in the interview process. Furthermore, a professional & appropriate follow-up process can give you an edge over other suitable candidates as well!!
Suppose there are two candidates (let’s say A and B) interviewed for the same job profile, and they both performed well in the interview with having almost the same skillset & relevancy to the particular job. Now, here comes a catch – when the interview is done candidate A thinks that he has done his work & leaves the place accordingly. On the other hand, candidate B initiates the follow-up process from the moment the interview has done with a thanksgiving note. Meanwhile, he also connects with the interviewer in a timely & appropriate manner. And guess what – Candidate B grabs the opportunity despite having the same skills & learning as candidate A!! Now, you must have aware of the importance of an effective follow-up process after the interview. Here, in this article, we’ll let you know about those 5 essential tips that are required to be considered when following-up after an interview to enhance the chances of getting success:
1. Start Follow-Up With a ‘Thank You’ Note
Once the interview is done you can consider starting the follow-up process right after the moment. And the first & the foremost thing you need to do is be thankful to the interviewer for giving you the opportunity & his precious time. Furthermore, you can ask for the next interview steps or processes to the interviewer in a professional manner to get an idea for the next follow-up schedule. Apart from in-person thanksgiving, you can also send a professional ‘Thank You’ note to the interviewer after a few hours of leaving the interview place. Meanwhile, you can give some personal feedback as well to the interviewer such as regarding your experience with the interviewer, and various others.
2. Avoid Contact Interviewer Before Scheduled Date
Once, you’ll get done with the thanksgiving after the interview, now it’s time for the next follow-up process. Though here come two scenarios – First, if you’re provided with a scheduled date by the interviewer for further rounds or processes then try to avoid reaching out to him before the given date. Also, if you’re told by the interviewer to send any documents, acknowledgments, etc. after the interview, then you must do the same before the deadline (or as soon as you can). Secondly, there may be a case where you’re not provided with any scheduled date by the interviewer for upcoming actions or don’t get any response after the given date, in this case, you can do a follow-up with the interviewer in a timely and professional manner.
3. Keep It Short & Concise
It is the basic yet most ignored aspect during the follow-up process after an interview. While writing a follow-up message or mail, what most of the students do is that they write a much lengthy and irrelevant content that usually makes a negative impact on the interviewer. Meanwhile, the follow-up mail should be crafted concisely and professionally that can grab the attention of the interviewer. Moreover, you can express your interest in the job position, your enthusiasm & conviction towards the job opportunity, etc. through the follow-up mail in a creative and precise way. Furthermore, you must ensure that the content should not have any grammatical or spelling errors, informal language, ambiguity, etc. as these small mistakes can cost you a huge loss.
4. Connect with the Interviewer on Professional Platforms
Suppose, after having a hectic day, a person (or here you can say the Interviewer) finally takes some rest and further opens his Facebook or Instagram profile for refreshment. But…here he also receives your follow-up messages, now what would be the interviewer’s reaction? Indeed, chances are more that he’ll get irritated or annoyed and you may lose the job opportunity as well. Hence, you’re strongly recommended to use the professional platforms such as Gmail, Linked, etc. or any other as suggested by the interviewer to communicate with them. Furthermore, always follow-up with the interviewer at appropriate timings even on the professional platforms. Moreover, you can connect with the interviewers on personal networks as well such as over phone calls, etc. by priorly asking him to do the same.
5. Accept Rejection in a Professional Way
Last but not least, in case if you’re required to face the rejection while following-up after an interview, you must accept it in a positive & professional way. Although, there is nothing wrong to feel disappointed when losing out the opportunity but don’t get stuck in that particular situation for a longer period and try to bounce back with more enthusiasm and dedication. Furthermore, you can ask several suggestions or feedback for yourself from the interviewer’s side to make it better for the upcoming interviews. Moreover, your positive & right attitude can help you to build a better professional connection with the interviewer that further can help you to get other career opportunities in the future.
Needless to say, following up after an interview gives you an edge over other candidates and helps you to secure the job. However, there is not any specific protocol or format for the follow-up process after an interview but by following the above-mentioned tips, you can easily make the follow-up process more effective & worthwhile!!