You nailed the interview, you’re still really interested in the job and of course desperate to find out if you will progress to the next stage or get an offer. Its really important to now follow up with the employer/recruiter and even more important that you do it in the RIGHT way!
So what exactly does that look like? Should it be short, should it be long? Should it be email or a fancy notecard? What should I include to get noticed and have the best possible chance of securing the role?
FIRST – Congratulate yourself on your performance (in whatever way you like to celebrate) in the interview and the huge amount of preparation (hopefully) you put into it! We all know how much hard work needs to be put into interview preparation these days, its no easy task.
SECOND – Think about how the interview went, what you learnt about the role from the people you met on the day and why you think you will be a good fit for the job and the organization – take the time asap after the interview.
THIRD – Start to write (an email will do just fine, but if you want to start with a shorter physical note, that works fine too):
- Begin by thanking them for their time and giving you the opportunity to meet with them, naming the specific job you are interviewing for (this will do just fine for the first physical note if you choose to send something immediately following the interview – just add in that you look forward to hearing from them).
- Focus on what you understand the job to entail and what you think the interviewer was looking for in a candidate – this could be one or two short bullet points.
- Share a challenge you believe the team/organization to be facing right now.
- Aim to come up with a similar issue you have had in a previous role and how you have successfully resolved the situation.
- Finally, state that you are looking forward to talking with them more about the role.
This approach to following up with the hiring manager shows that you are still keen on the role, that you listened carefully during the interview, have a good understanding of what they are looking for and that you have thought about the value you can add to the company.