A job interview can be super exciting if you feel that it went really well, and you’re extremely interested in the position. After the interview, you’ll want to follow up and give feedback, but there are certain things you should be aware of and avoid while you’re waiting for a response. Check it out, below!
Don’t Pester/ Don’t Follow up Too Much
After a job interview, following up is part of the process. However, you want to be sure not to follow up too much. If you attempt to contact the company too many times, you may turn a great interview into a questionable one. Following the first interview, you want to be sure to follow up within the week. If there are a series of interviews you have completed – be respectful of the hiring manager/recruiter and the process they follow. One way to avoid pushing them away is by confirming this after the interview. Ask what the next steps are and when it would be appropriate to reach out if you haven’t heard from them first. This will set the precedent and leave you with a plan.
Don’t send a Generic Follow Up Email
When you do follow up post-job interview, make sure that your follow up is personal. When composing a follow up via email, you want to refer to the specific interview and include a few points that stood out to you or caught your interest. What to avoid? Sending such a vague follow up that it seems “copy and pasted”. The more personal, the more your follow up will stand out. More importantly, be sure to double-check your email before you hit send for spelling, grammatical errors and worse – accidentally sending to the wrong person. Be sure that if you’re applying to multiple jobs, you have the information, and the hiring manager/recruiter’s name – correct, before you hit send.
Don’t *Not* Follow Up at All
Whether it’s an email, phone call, or text – there should be some sort of communication involved. Avoid the mistake of not showing interest or expressing thanks by saying nothing at all. As previously stated, the follow up is part of the process, so if you are interested in the position – be sure to reach out.
If you don’t receive an update as soon as you wanted to post-interview, or you decide that you are no longer interested in the position – let the company know! There are no hard feelings or pressure to not go with a position that you don’t feel is a good fit for you. By not responding, the hiring manager/ recruiter may think that you are still interested but are unable to reach, or that you may have had some sort of emergency, leaving them wondering why there is no response on your end. Avoid stress and hassle – and be upfront. You may feel guilty declining, but not accepting job offers is a part of the business – and being straight forward will benefit you in the long run.
Don’t Be Dishonest About Job Offers
Although it may be enticing to portray that you’re a popular candidate and have other offers on the table – one of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to be dishonest about other job offers. This can backfire as you get further into the process if the company has questions about the other offers, the time span that you have to respond to the other company, etc. You do not want to get caught being dishonest – when there was no reason to be. If you have other offers pending – great – feel free to disclose them. But if you don’t – that’s ok too. Either way, be upfront and honest with your situation.
Don’t Share with Your Manager Yet
If you’re simply browsing opportunities – whether it be seeking better pay, a change in the industry, better location, or a lateral move – you don’t want to spread the word just yet. Applying for another job, and even before the position is offered – is circumstantial. If you are offered a job, and then you do end up wanting to accept – then go accordingly and share the news. But people often browse other positions with little intention of leaving or never end up making a switch. So, until you are sure, keep this private, keep doing your work efficiently, and go accordingly when appropriate to do so.
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