Tag: interview follow up
Have you come out of an interview floating on a cloud, but after a week or two still haven’t heard back from the company? Don’t despair. Here are some tips to get through the interview roller coaster.
Let me begin by saying that I have never walked through a job search with a SVP or COO and NOT had the subject come up of either a recruiter or a company not getting back to them promptly. So, let’s just establish that these things happen to the most wonderful of executives. The trick is how you manage the situation and keep your composure during the emotional highs and lows associated with most job transitions.
Follow Up Begins in The Interview
The challenge in deciding appropriate level of follow-up on your part is that some employers prefer you were very aggressive in your initiative, while others may find it off-putting. The solution requires getting more information up front during your interviews. One of the last questions you should ask in a phone or in-person interview is, “Where do we go from here?”
Get a Commitment
If possible, get a commitment to a day or week time frame when they will get back to you. If that day/week passes, then simply follow up with a polite, brief e-mail. You can even follow up with a phone call. Restate your excitement about the opportunity, the date they shared with you, and that you are following up with a courtesy call. If you don’t hear back, follow up again a few days later, just don’t get defensive. Maintain your composure at all times! Keep your phone and e-mail messages short and positive.
Demonstrate Your Interest
Another legitimate reason to follow up is because you’ve heard positive news about the company. Set up an alert in Google for the company, and when a press release or article is published about it, Google will send it to your e-mail. If the information has to do with growth, an award, or any relevant subject of discussion, send it to your contact(s) with a short, positive note. This is very flattering, puts the focus on them, and shows your initiative.
Keep it Positive
You should always follow up confidently, consistently, politely, and with positive excitement. Remember, your personality is being evaluated as if every message or e-mail you leave is a post-interview. Leaving the safety of any of these virtues can backfire on you, so be careful! It is human nature to take job search “rejection” or “silence” personally—even though we all know it is not personal—and many times, it is simply due to the very benign reason that no one has followed up with you. Keep in mind that we cannot judge accurately what might be happening on the other end.
You will be much better prepared to deal with the wins and losses associated with your job search (that are an inevitable part of the process) if you come up with two or three job search strategies to secure your interviews. Do those things consistently each week, while being as objective as you can about the end game. After all, if you list a bike on Craigslist and 3,000 people see it, does that mean you are going to get 3,000 calls? You will (maybe) get a less-than-1% response. This is good to remember in a job search. Do the right things consistently—and keep your pipeline full of potential opportunities.
As you network, you will at some point inevitably be faced with a “gatekeeper” – an administrative assistant whose job is to screen people that call their boss. Some of these secretaries and administrators are REALLY good at what they do! Here are some tried and true tactics for getting PAST them FAST.
Front-Load Your Introduction
Gatekeepers are used to a certain pace in their phone conversations. It creates what I call an “autopilot” response. However, if that script is changed, they have to go off autopilot and many times it takes them off guard for a second. If you are confident, you can use this to get by them.
Front-loading your introduction to break the autopilot response:
The Gatekeeper: Hello, Mr. Smith’s office.
You: Hello, this is Mark Jackson from Ciley Corporation calling for Mr. Smith please.
The Gatekeeper: Um, who may I say is calling again, sorry?
You: Again, this is Mark Jackson from Ciley Corporation calling for Mr. Smith, please.
Getting past the gatekeeper: Continue reading
The Mirroring Technique
The best way I have found to write powerful thank you/after-interview letters is to use the mirroring technique. Essentially, you mirror, match, and repeat back a summary of key points you discussed in the interview.
To do this right, you will want to be taking short notes during your interview. The primary things you want to pick up are:
- What the position’s main challenges are.
- The kind of person they are looking for.
- Anything positive they shared about you and your potential candidacy.
Your thank you letter should consist of short points on problems you can solve, confirmation of matching strengths, and enthusiasm for your next meeting.
Another critical point for thank you letters – and essentially all marketing collateral having to do with your job search correspondence – is: shorter is better. Less is more. State the most important points in a simple, informal (me to you) style, using as few words as possible.
Conversely, letters that are a full page and packed out with text cause your reader’s eyes to glaze over and they quickly lose interest. You can compound this by using a lot of three dollar words and “word salad.” Please don’t fall into the trap of looking like you are trying too hard. Simple is better, no matter to whom you address your letter. The more simple and clear you can make your message, the stronger the connection you will naturally forge between you and your reader.
Three Key Thank You Letter Tips
- If your letter is hard mailed, be sure to sign it in blue ink. Most marketers believe this is the most memorable color.
- If you are sending an email, create a signature line with your name and phone number for easy reference. Anything you can do to make it quicker and easier for someone to reach out to you is key.
- Do you know what always gets read in a letter? The post script. If you have occasion to write one, it’s a good idea. Just be sure that what your P.S. says is meaningful. Don’t use it for soft statements like, “P.S. Did I mention I am a team player?”
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