Ten Follow Up Steps to Take After Your Interview

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Author and Career Coach Ford R. Myers Offers Strategies to Help You Get the Offer of your Dream Job.

People often express frustration after they’ve completed a job interview. The common complaints include, Why doesn’t the company call me back? or I feel like I have no power; all I can do is wait for an answer, or Can’t I do anything to make the employer say YES?

Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, (John Wiley & Sons, www.getthejobbook.com) says, There is no secret trick’ or magic bullet’ that will get the employer to offer you the job. In fact, you’re probably already doing many of the right things in this process. But here are ten suggestions for navigating more successfully through the interview and follow-up process:

Set the stage

Set the stage for effective follow-up. Developing your follow-up strategy BEFORE the interview will even enhance your behaviour DURING the interview.

Become the solution

Act more like a consultant than an applicant. Focus on asking intelligent, probing questions about the employer’s business needs, problems and concerns (like a good consultant would).

Don’t rush toward an offer

The purpose of your initial interview is not to get an offer, but to get invited back for a second meeting, most likely with a higher-level individual at the company.

Confirm next steps

Assume a more active role, and get a commitment from the employer for what comes next?.

Follow-up

Follow-up promptly and compellingly. Now that your interview is over, be sure to send excellent thank-you letters as soon as possible.

Have what it takes

Use every follow-up contact as a chance to build your value. Most companies want employees who are true problem-solvers, so this will prove that you have what it takes and that you can bring your special value to this organisation.

Be punctual and persistent.

Always call when you say you’re going to call and do what you say you’re going to do.

Leverage outside resources

If you have contacts and connections with anyone who might influence the hiring decision, or who actually knows the interviewer, ask them to put in a good word for you after the initial interview.

Accept rejection gracefully

You can’t force the interviewer to make you an offer, no matter how perfect you may have thought the job was for you.

Turn defeat into victory

After being rejected, express your sincere appreciation for having been considered for the position, and wish the new employee every success. State that you would be happy to be considered for the position again, should the selected candidate not work out for any reason.

There are some strategies you can use to influence the employer’s decision and finesse the process. Changing many of your small actions and approaches can actually make a big difference in the outcome of your interviews, adds Myers.


For more information and other useful tips for achieving career success, visit http://www.getthejobbook.com.

Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Coach and author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Download your free bonuses now at http://www.careerbookbonuses.com.