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Following up after a job application or interview

 

The job application and interview process much like an Actor auditioning for a role in a movie, is quite competitive. An important step to take that could boost your prospects of getting the job — sending a follow-up thank-you note.

Hiring managers want to hire people who actually want to work for the company and are truly interested in the role, and follow-up notes help convey that,” says Tom Gimbel, founder, and CEO of LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in the healthcare revenue cycle.

“They are crucial to the interview process and should be sent after every interview. If two candidates both meet the minimum requirements of the job and both had good interviews, a follow-up note can be the difference between one candidate getting the offer over another.”

“Hiring managers want to hire people who actually want to work for the company and are truly interested in the role, and follow-up notes help convey that,”

Following up demonstrates initiative and should be considered part of the job hunting process though it is often neglected.

Timing is crucial as you don’t want to follow up too soon or too late after applying or an interview.

Pay attention to when the company says when you can expect contact in the chance that you are selected. Typically, two to three weeks is ideal but it can vary. Being brief and straightforward shows that you respect the hiring firm’s time. You don’t want to sound demanding as both parties are exploring a compromise and recruiters want to select the best candidate for the job based on character, culture and competence.

Remember, the approach to following up is just as important as the message itself. Whichever way you choose to communicate, ensure that it is heartfelt, honest, polite and straightforward.

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