The very first mistake you can make when it comes to job interview follow-ups is not following up at all. A job interview follow-up is your last chance to obtain feedback about your chances of winning the job, showing enthusiasm for the position, and tipping yourself over to the finalist category.After that, it’s all done and decided and the opportunity has been missed.
The next biggest mistake you can make is following up the wrong way. There are a number ways that recruiters say are the worst ways to follow up and lessen your chances of being selected. Here’s how…
1) Being unprofessional: When you’re following up, bear in mind that the interview is still not over. That being said, you need to remain as professional as possible while writing a thank-you note. Avoid using slang or informal language that you would normally refrain from using during an interview as well. Also, double-check for spelling and grammar mistakes before you hit send. Remember, this is not a friend you’re emailing, it’s a potential employer.
2) Following up too frequently: This should be a no-brainer. However, some candidates still fail to understand that there is a difference between being enthusiastic and too enthusiastic. If you’re tipping over to the side of “desperate” you’re not doing a good job of impressing the interviewer. Not only will you pester them by doing this, but also make them wonder why you can’t find other jobs to look forward to.
3) Using incorrect medium: It always best to stick to emails or whatever the interviewer has provided for follow-up (i.e. a number). Even if they’ve handed you their business card, avoid using personal numbers and email addresses at all costs. This is a professional matter and only their contact information used for professional purposes applies in this situation.
4) Being overly emotional: We understand that the waiting part can be really difficult during your job search, but it’s no reason to lose control over your emotions. Many job seekers mistake long wait times for rejection. However, this isn’t always the case and it could be that the organization is simply reviewing their options very, very thoroughly. Getting angry, showing impatience or passing negative remarks at this point is a big mistake. Even if you were a potential, you no longer will be with this kind of attitude. Try to remain calm until you receive a definitive answer and always keep the conversation positive.
5) Being overly predictable: Being too formal and not being specific to your case is also another follow up faux up. For example, simply saying, “Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday. I hope I am a great match for this position. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.” is –well, quite boring. Mention something you felt happened during the interview, mention your previous experience or qualification, or point out why you think you’re a good choice. Use your own tone and personalize it!
6) Writing a follow-up novel: While you want to be personal and have some unique substance in your message, you don’t want to get carried away and write long life stories either. Believe me when I say this, they are not going to read an entire page-long message. They will only skip to the end—or worse—skip to the next one.
Once you’ve sent your email, make sure you keep an eye out for replies. If you haven’t received any, don’t panic .It could be that the final list is still being processed and they haven’t gotten to your application yet. After you’ve sent one or two follow-up email (after a considerable time gap), sit back and wait for a response.
Best of luck!
Hannah Lewis is a career counselor by profession with particular experience in the field of research and writing, currently working as a content marketing manager at Essay Plus which helps students in writing their essays. She has also worked with many popular publications as freelance writer.