Do you ever wonder what the best way is to follow up after a job interview? Is email to impersonal? Is snail-mail too slow? Will the interviewer even notice or care?
Well, one thing is for certain. If you don’t follow up at all, you’re quite sure that they won’t notice at all. In fact, so few people follow up in any way you might just set yourself apart and make the difference in being considered for the position.
By reinforcing your interest in the position with a friendly follow up you will push your name to the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind. This little touch might just be the extra that makes you stand out from the others.
If you have just been to an interview for your dream job and all has gone well, you might want to consider following up with the employer in one or more of these ways:
Sending an email thank you note
This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to follow up on an interview. Write a short and friendly email to the employer thanking them for taking the time to meet with you. You also have the opportunity to touch on anything you talked about in the interview and reiterate your desire for the position. Make it short and sweet however, as the employer will not want to read several pages about how much you dream of working for them.
Mail a Thank you Card
Taking the time to use snail mail rather than email will certainly make you stand out from the rest of the applicants! By actually mailing a card, you will be creating a memorable impression in the employer’s mind which will help them associate your name with someone who goes the extra mile.
Use Social Media
Use a social networking website such as Twitter or Linked In to send a quick thank you to the employer. Again, the message doesn’t need to be long but can be a simple “thanks for your time” or a “nice to meet you”.
The advantage of this is that it connects the employer to your online profile, and if you are using social media well this should lead them to a website or an online portfolio which further showcases your brilliance.
Taking the time to follow up after an interview is the special touch that will make your application stand out and it just might help you achieve that dream job!