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The interview you have anticipated is finally over, whether the process took place over the phone, via Skype, or face-to-face, you feel you have completed your task. Think again, you are not done just yet.
Following up is key to staying fresh in the mind of the interviewer while considering all candidates. How can you express this sense of eagerness and excitement for the position without becoming a burden? Here are a few ways to tackle the process while maintaining a professional appearance.
Start with a simple thank you. Sending a hard copy or virtual thank you note the same day the interview took place can be the golden ticket to showing appreciation for the opportunity. This message should reassure the hiring manager why you are perfect for the position, what excited you from information learned during the interview, and include what you can bring the company to help them grow.
While you are itching for a reply, stay connected. Follow the company of interest on all social media accounts such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. This action shows that you are interested in being updated with the success of the company. This can also work to your advantage if you are asked back for a second round interview, you can show you have done your homework by knowing what they have been up to while you wait.
If a few days have passed with no response, it is ok to follow up once more. Don’t pester but simply mention that you are still interested in the position and look forward to hearing back soon, keep it short and to the point. Now, keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.
The follow up process is both scary and nerve wracking. Yet if done the right way, it can mean the difference between being forgotten and standing out from the crowd.