From our workplace files: Want to raise your chances of getting hired? Here’s what to do after your next job interview:
First: Make sure they know you’re interested in the job. At the end of the interview, say something like, “I’d really like to work here. And I’m hoping you pick me.” That shows you’re enthusiastic.
Next: Keep your word. If you say you’ll send a list of references tomorrow morning, do it. Following up in a timely manner speaks volumes about how reliable an employee you’ll be. And if they ask you to wait a week before you check back, wait a week. Because calling the next day is annoying, and makes it seem like you can’t follow the rules.
Another after-the-interview “must”: Mail a handwritten thank-you note within 24 hours. Again, that proves you’re interested and will go to the extra mile, versus sending an email, which takes two seconds.
Also: Do even more research on the company. And think of additional questions to ask. That way, you’ll be prepared for any follow-up phone calls and interviews. It also shows that you didn’t stop caring about the company once the interview was over.
Finally: If you get rejected – send another thank-you note. That’ll distinguish you from other rejected candidates, and might help you out down the road. After all, the person they hired might not work out – or another job may open up. And you’ll be right there, ready to jump in.