What do you need to know about post-interview etiquette?
Scoring a job interview is a super exciting accomplishment, walking out knowing that you've done a great job is even better. While we've covered the art of the interview process in the past, we haven't gone over what is required for post-interview etiquette.
In a competitive job market, standing out after you have walked out of your interview can be the difference between scoring your dream job and just missing out on the opportunity. There is an important balance to strike, according to Forbes contributor Nancy Collamer. You want to express your interest before the decision is made but you don't want to pester your potential employer.
So – what are the most effective tips and tricks for the ideal post-interview communication? Let's take a closer look.
This may seem redundant but a lot of people debate whether or not to follow up at all. Trust us, following up is important to show your potential employer just how serious you are about the position.
Avoid becoming a nuisance
Hiring managers are extremely busy people. You don't want to annoy them by contacting them every single day following your interview. A useful tip is to ask about their hiring time frame before you leave the offices, explained Allyson Willoughby, senior vice president of people at Glassdoor in an interview with Mashable. This can help you better time your follow-up communication.
"You don't want to pester until you get an answer, but rather keep yourself in [the hiring team's] minds as they make the decision," she says.
The most important post-interview move is sending out the initial thank-you email.
The thank you note
The most important post-interview move is sending out the initial thank you email or note. Typically, you should send this out within 24 hours following your interview. Let your interviewer know that you appreciate their time and that you are excited about the opportunity. This little expression of gratitude can go a long way in the hiring process.
If you happen to not land the job, it's important to accept defeat gracefully. This can be a good opportunity to make sure the company keeps you in mind should another position open. Send a final email to your interviewer expressing gratitude for their time and letting them know you would love to be kept in mind for future positions.
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