After your interview, it is very important to follow up with a prospective employer.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind for your post interview follow-up…
Sometimes, busy HR managers may prefer contact by email. When drafting a follow-up email, follow the same format and procedure as you would for writing and sending a follow-up letter emphasizing your interest and strengths.
- Call to express your interest a few days after you send the letter.
- Be persistent, but not a pest. Interviewers are impressed by eagerness, but not by repetitive phone calls. Try asking when they expect to make a decision and if there is any other information you can provide in the mean time.
It’s no secret that job interviews can be very stressful for people. But with a little preparation and knowledge on what to expect, interviews can become much easier… so much that you may even look forward to them…
Prepare a brief information statement. Interviewers usually begin an interview with the question, “Tell me about yourself and your background?” Be ready with a statement that includes some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your experience, strengths and skills. Practice saying this statement with a friend until it feels natural.
Be ready to talk about your successes. The interviewer will want to know about your past experience – successes, your work ethic, and your track record. Be able to discuss everything you have included on your resume.
Be courteous. Everyone you meet during your interview – from the receptionist to the interviewer – should be treated with respect. The receptionist might not be conducting the interview, but his or her opinion of you might be solicited.
Ask questions. At the end of an interview, the interviewer usually asks, “Do you have any questions?” Be prepared with a question or two about the job or industry. This is your chance to see if the job is right for you.
A cover letter enables you to grab the interest of potential employers by drawing attention to your qualifications. Follow these simple guidelines when drafting your cover letter…
- Less is more. Good cover letters are never longer than one page. Cover letters should be easy to read in order to attract the reader’s attention.
- Avoid errors. Always check spelling, grammar, punctuation, spacing, paragraph length, and margins.
- Make sure you get the correct spelling and title of the person you are addressing the letter to.
- Write a compelling first sentence to intrigue the reader, such as a comment about the company’s industry that you might be aware of, or perhaps a comment about an award the company recently received.
- The second paragraph should explain what you can offer the company. Describe your strengths and why you would be an asset to the company. If applicable, describe how you could save the company time and money.
- Request action in your final paragraph. Ask for an interview, and offer to send references.
- End the letter with the formal salutation “Sincerely.” Below the salutation, type your name and then add your signature.
The best way to identify your marketable skills is by creating a compelling resume. Your resume should be no longer than two to three pages, unless you have over 15 years of experience. Here are guidelines to follow when composing a resume…
- Start with an objective. Know what you want and state it clearly. State what you want to do, for whom, where, and at what level of responsibility.
- In addition to listing your job skills, describe the benefits and results of your performance so that you stand out from other candidates.
- Develop a list of major accomplishments for each permanent job or recruitments assignment. Place the most emphasis on recent achievements. Remember that most businesses value workers who save time and money.
- Ask yourself these questions:
- What challenges or obstacles have you faced?
- How did you overcome them?
- How did your actions benefit your employer?
- Sell yourself. A well-written resume can make a great first impression. List your strengths and several outstanding skills or abilities. Include education, training, and relevant awards.
- Proofread your resume. After you have checked for mistakes or errors, ask someone else to proofread your resume to check for typos.
When it comes to finding a job in a competitive marketplace, you need to do everything you can to stand out from the rest. Here are some helpful hints to increase your opportunities at finding the perfect job…
- Maintain a current, up-to-date resume
- Increase your chances of prospective job opportunities by utilizing Internet job boards
- Network-joining community organizations or participating in local programs is a great way to get in the spotlight of potential employers
- Use cover letters when applying to positions
- Send a post-interview follow-up mail
- Have someone proof-read your resume and letters to avoid typos
- Always tell the truth on your resume and on employment applications
- Bring extra resumes to a job interview
- Always dress professionally on an interview, even if it’s “Casual Friday”
- Be prepared and learn a little about the company before an interview
When you’re on an interview, it is important to give a good impression to increase your chances of getting the job. Here are some important things to remember…
- Clear your calendar. The interview might run over or you could be asked to stay longer. Keep your schedule free of any other commitments.
- Plan for unexpected delays such as traffic and arrive early.
- Dress for success – a professional appearance can make a lasting impression.
- Be polite and friendly.
- Discuss your strengths and how they apply to the position.
- Look directly into the eyes of your interviewer to demonstrate your interest.
- Ask questions to show your enthusiasm and knowledge about the company.
- Turn your cell phone or pager off or on silent.
- Schedule an appointment right after the interview.
- Show up late. Tardiness on an interview is a red flag for employers.
- Wear jeans or sandals.
- Chew gum or drink coffee.
- Disclose personal information.
- Stare at the floor or elsewhere.
- Talk too much or too little.
- Answer your cell phone if it rings.