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Just being asked to an interview means you’re a strong contender for the job and by following up you’re reminding the interviewer of that fact. Besides when you’ve come out of an interview, buzzing with how well it went, it can be very frustrating to sit twiddling your thumbs, waiting for the verdict. So don’t. Take the initiative and follow up. Here are some tips to do it without being annoying or appearing desperate.

1. End your interview by asking about the next steps i.e. when the interviewer is planning to contact candidates.

So if you haven’t heard anything by then you can legitimately send a quick, friendly note, indicating your eagerness to hear and your willingness to provide them with any more information.

Or your follow up letter could be more formal and give you the opportunity to introduce achievements that didn’t get discussed and to elaborate on interview answers. You could even address issues the company is facing and explain how you could contribute.

2. Emphasise how much you want the job
Do this before you walk out of the interview room . Don’t be afraid to say something like: “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I hope you select me.”

3. Check that it’s ok to contact them
And ask about their preferred method of communication. If they say “don’t contact me before next week” don’t. And if you tell them you’ll send you a list of references the next morning, make sure you do it – following through on your promises will tell them the type of employee you’re going to be.

4. Send a thank you note as soon as possible
Do it from your laptop, on the train going home, if you can. Highlight the value you’ll bring to the company and your enthusiasm for the role.

5. Ask about connecting via LinkedIn, but look for a logical reason to do so i.e. you can connect them to somebody who knows about their hobby; you’ve got an article they might be interested in.

6. Don’t harass the interviewer
If things drag out, periodically (e.g. monthly) send them something they may find useful or tell them about something useful you learned from the interview. The idea is to stay in the interviewer’s mind.

7. Keep learning and thinking about the company
And be prepared for additional interviews.

And finally, accept rejection (if it comes) with grace, and send a thank you note. You never know which bridges you’ll need in the future.By Abintegro on Jul 06, 2016

 
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