Post Interview Etiquette and Actions

In today’s competitive world, simply going and giving an interview is just not enough to score that right job. The interviewee should not sit back and wait for the job offer, he has to take the initiative and follow up with the interviewer. However simply calling and asking about the job is not enough. The prospective employees or interviewee should adhere to some post interview etiquette otherwise he might harm his chances of getting the job or inadvertently anger the potential employer. Following up with the employer post the job interview could be very tricky even embarrassing sometimes. You would not want to sound too desperate by calling up once or twice, at the same time you are very keen to know the result.

Organizations nowadays, believe in getting an employee who fits the job profile like a glove. Thus, this has led to an increase in the time duration for the hiring process as companies take a longer time to go through, judge and decide on an employee. It is often better that prospective employees follow up with the HR after a job interview especially when he sees that considerable amount of time has already gone by since the interview happened. However, the employee makes an effort to not sound too desperate and should keep in mind that the selection process is quite a lengthy procedure and may take longer than usual. In this case, he shouldn’t bombard the employer with phone calls and emails. This not only makes prospective employees look desperate but also leaves a bad impression on the employers mind. Therefore employees should try and follow simple post interview etiquettes to ensure that he does not sound desperate, Some major aspects of post interview etiquettes are mentioned below:

Just after the interview has ended the interviewee should try and close it by expressing his interest in the job. He should ask what the next step is and when the company would make a hiring decision.

The interviewee should be proactive and consider follow up as a strategic part of the job search process. Follow up can give the employees the edge that he needs to get the job offer over others who interviewed for the same position. The employees should also have an action plan in place based on a strong well thought out interview follow up strategy. These techniques also help show the Interviewee’s enthusiasm and desire over the job.

The interviewee should try and get the business card of all the people who had interviewed him. If he can’t get a business card, then he should at least make it a point to get names of his interviewers.

It is considered to be courteous for the interviewee to send individual thank you notes or letters to the people who had interviewed him. This should ideally be sent within two business days. The interviewee can make each of the letters to be the same, but it is advisable to vary each a bit. The interviewee should not fail to send a thank you note even if he hasn’t received the job. In the thank you letter the prospective employee should show appreciation for the employer’s interest in him.

The employees should try and follow up with a telephone call to the employer within a week to ten days (or sooner based on the response the employer had given about his hiring process) to ask about the position.

The prospective employees should also continue to follow up once every week, especially if the employer had asked him to do so. The interviewee should remember the adage about the squeaky wheel getting the oil, but he should not go overboard.

When the interviewee is following up with a call he should be aware of the content of his conversation. He should have a topic of interest to discuss with his prospective employer like an achievement of an exceptional target or course completed. After discussing the news with the employer the interviewee can then casually ask about the status of the job opening.

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