Post-interview strategies in job searching should involve sending notes

05.20.2014


Post-interview strategies in job searching should involve sending notes
Post-interview strategies in job searching should involve sending notes

You're looking to find a job, and one opportunity has looked great since the get-go. The hiring manager called you right after you submitted your resume and called you into the office for an interview. Things seem to have went well, and you've left the office with a good feeling. But where do you go from here to make sure you land the job?

There's no sure way of knowing, but there are a few main approaches to improve your chances. The first should be done before you even leave the office after the interview, according to US News and World Report. Asking about the expected time frame for when the position is expected to be filled will give you more insight about how best to proceed. Whether the window is a few days or a few weeks, you'll have an idea of what your next move should be.

Once you know what the next few weeks will hold, sending a thank-you note is the best way to show your continued interest. The news source found that as many as 86 percent of employers feel that not sending a thank-you message in at least some way shows a lack of follow-through. What matters is not the way you send the message, but what it contains. Put in extra effort to explain why you think the job will be a good fit for both you and the company, or help solve a problem that may arise in the future. Showing your worth and your interest will be a great way to convince managers to take a shot on hiring you.

Email best for timeliness

If you're trying to figure out the best way to send your message, the timeliness of emailing will likely help, according to the Ocala Star Banner. While a handwritten note may seem like a way to go above and beyond, only 38 percent of employers believe that's a good way to follow up due to the necessary time investment and the difficulty of delivering the message.

Instead, 87 percent of survey respondents noted that email is the best way to respond because of the small commitment needed to send and to read it. Another 81 percent preferred phone calls. These forms of contact are not invasive and make it easy to thank a potential manager for their time. They also allow for a second shot for users to make a pitch for the position.

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