Competition for jobs is intense, so how do you set yourself apart? Following up is critical. No recruiter wants to hear from you every week for months, however, remaining at the forefront of recruiters’ and hiring decision makers’ minds may well increase your chances of landing an opportunity.
Always send a thank you note for an interview, whether or not you intend to pursue the position, because doing so reflects your professionalism and improves your chances of being considered when another position becomes available. A handwritten note to each person you interviewed with leaves a positive impression and distinguishes you from the crowd of applicants who overlook this simple courtesy.
Always ask your interviewer where the company is in the hiring process and when the final selection will be made. There is no harm in ending your conversation with some version of “I am confident that I am a good fit for this position and I am excited about the prospect of being part of your team.”
If you neglected to do this, then follow up by phone (preferably) or by email within a couple of weeks from the date of your interview. Explain the reason for the contact, ask diplomatically whether or not the hiring decision has been made, and request permission to check in again periodically because you remain very much interested in the position.
Note also that companies (or candidates) sometimes make flawed hiring decisions. Poor cultural fit, misunderstandings related to job requirements, unfulfilled performance expectations or family situations sometimes cause new hires to leave early. If you were among the top candidates and hear that another candidate was selected, leave the door open by expressing your desire to be reconsidered if for any reason the selected candidate does not work out.
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC