Written by Matt Phister – Associate, Capital Semester & the Legal Studies Institute
Job hunting in the current competitive market can be a major challenge and the smallest details can make the biggest difference! You’re a stellar candidate, your resume helped you get your foot in the door and you’ve successfully completed the first interview. Now what? How do you make yourself stand out amongst the competition and show that you’re the best candidate for the job?
Here’s a list of 6 things you should do post-interview to stay at the top of the candidate list:
- Take Notes: Jeanine Hamilton, founder and President of Hire Partnership, advises that during and after the interview you should take notes on:
- People you met with
- Topics of discussion
- Questions you were asked
- Things you learned
- Questions or concerns you have moving forward
You should also inquire about the follow-up process so you’re clear on the steps moving forward. (Boston.com)
- Send a Thank You Note: In her article “10 things to do after a job interview” on Forbes.com, career coach and author Nancy Collamer says you should always send a follow-up thank you note. Handwritten notes are recommended as they have a more personal effect and are rarely utilized by candidates in today’s market. Include in the note a brief statement about something you discussed during the interview or a point you want to highlight showing why you’re a good fit. This will remind your interviewer who you were, what you talked about, and why they should remember you as a top candidate.
- Be Punctual with the Follow-Up: In a similar article on CNN.com titled “10 things do after a job interview”, freelance writer and regular columnist for CareerBuilder.com, Beth Braccio Hering recommends that if the interviewer asks you to send them references after the interview, send them within 24 hours. Be clear on the follow-up timeline and know if and when you’re supposed to call or e-mail the interviewer. This will reflect you’re serious about the opportunity.
Collamer also recommends these final three steps to continue to separate yourself from the crowd:
- Utilize a Connection: The hiring process is not just about what you know, but who knows and trusts you. If you know someone who may be connected to the company or those making the hiring decision, ask them to put in a good word for you. Having a trusted contact tell the hiring manager that you’ll make a great employee will send you miles ahead of the competition.
- Continue to Prepare for Round 2: Following the interview, it may take weeks or months for the interviewer to get back to you with an answer. During that time you should keep researching the company and for a follow-up interview. Referencing information that isn’t on the website or mentioning an article about a recent company initiative will leave the impression that you are passionate, knowledgeable, and resourceful.
- Keep Looking: Just because you aced the interview and followed-up afterwards doesn’t mean you’re going to get the job. It may take weeks for the company to tell you that you’ve not been selected, so you should never stop looking for other opportunities. You don’t want to be stuck without options, so until you hear the words “you’re hired”, you should continue the hunt!
If you complete these six steps, you’ve set yourself apart from the competition. Keep working hard, standing out, and excelling at the factors that others often forget, and you’ll be hired in no time!