How To Really Follow Up Like a Professional After an Amazing Job Interview

     You arrived at your interview a few minutes early. You asked insightful questions, dressed well, created a rapport between you and those with whom you interviewed. Your resume is sharp, and you even highlighted the reasons why you’d be an asset to their organization without coming off as arrogant. You’ve got a really good feeling about this one. Now what?

     This is a situation that all jobseekers face at one point or another: “How do I follow up with a potential employer without coming off as annoying or desperate?” The situation becomes an inner battle, as you’re torn between communicating with the very people that hold your future employment in their hands, and possibly alienating them in the process. What if 1 wrong misstep costs me this job? What if I come across as too familiar and it ruins my chances?

     First and foremost, breathe. We are all people that face our own daily struggles and the only power that someone has over you, is that which you give. You would do well to take the emotion out of the situation and look at it as objectively as possible. This company has a staffing need that you most certainly can fulfill. Furthermore, they thought as much, or wouldn’t have brought you in!

     But what is the etiquette? Racheal Westhoff, Talent Partner at gpac, had this to say:

“I think sending an email/thank you note to each person that interviewed the candidate is appropriate. In the note, when the candidate writes why they have an interest in the company or how their goals align with the company’s, it shows that the candidate has thought about how they will personally connect and be a fit. Also, it helps by expressing interest in how their experiences can bring value to the organization.”

     But what if I come across as too persistent? I don’t want to jinx my chances by being a bother. Chad Feldman, gpac’s Managing Director, offered this:

“Follow-up and persistence always mean something to me. I've had folks wait for me in the parking lot for 4 hours to tell me how bad they want the job. Best salespersons every time. In another instance, I had someone drive 400 miles to meet me at 7 am. Hired. It's annoying when they don't show interest or follow up. I'll take a closer all day.” 

     While you may want to carefully consider waiting for someone in the parking lot, the point is made. Employers and recruiters alike are more impressed with someone that makes an effort, than one that blindly goes along for the ride. After all, they are looking to hire you. If you’re not hungry in the interviewing process, will you be just as complacent when it comes to the actual job?

     Throughout the job-interview process, management, recruiters, talent management, staffing professionals and anyone else with an open position are all looking for leadership qualities. It makes a difference to these decision makers if you reach out and follow up with them. Not every time will you succeed, but as Albert Einstein said, “You never fail until you stop trying.”

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