How to follow up after an interview, including who to contact and what to allege. You have just had a job interview and it's a position you would love to be offered. What can you do next to help warrant that you obtain a second interview or a job offer? The most important thing you can do is to follow up to reiterate your interest in the position and to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.

How to Follow Up After an Interview
Following up can help you stand out to the crowd and can confirm the fact that you're a strong candidate for the hiring manager. Not following up could even cost you the job.

Interview Follow Up Tips

Taking the time to follow up with everyone you met with (collecting business cards is a good idea to have contact information) and review these tips on how to follow-up after an interview:
  • Follow up after both in-person and phone interviews.
  • Send a personal thank you email to everyone you met with.
  • Email is the fastest way to say thank you.
  • Send your email message as soon as possible after the interview.
  • Consider sending a handwritten thank you note, as well. Keep a box of thank you note cards and a book of stamps handy.
  • Send your note within 24 hours of the interview.
  • Use this opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job and the company.
  • Highlight your relevant skills.
  • Mention anything you wished you had said, but didn't, during the interview.
  • Keep your correspondence short.
  • Proofread your email and notes before you send them.
  • Review sample thank you notes if you're not sure what to write.

Showing them you are a real pro
Following up after the interview selects the amateurs from the pros. The amateurs don't do it the pros do. How do you follow up like a pro?

First,

you wish to get the business card from the person you interviewed with. The best form to get it is asking the interviewer before you leave. On most cards will be the three things you wish.
  1. The correctly spelled name and title.
  2. The street address.
  3. The interviewer's email address.

Second,

you send her a thank you email for the interview that very evening so it's waiting for her when she gets to work the next morning.

Third,

you do a follow-up phone call to the interviewer on the fifth day after the interview. Let her know of your prolonged interest in the job and ask if there is any further information she needs from you. If she is not available when you call, leave that basic message on her voice mail.

Fourth,

you send a snail mail letter to her as soon as possible. It essentially expresses your interest in the job and summarizes some of your strongest points as they relate to the job. About now many interviewers are thinking, "Perfect, if this is the professional manner this applicant works this is the kind of person we want." From that point on, just once a week, you politely alternate among phone, email and snail mail until she says you got the job or someone else got the job.

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