How to Correctly Follow Up, Stand Out, and Accept the Offer

Typically, the three things people want to know about interviews is what to do before an interview, during an interview, and after an interview. Interviewing is the most critical phase of the hiring process, and it is not over until it is over.

You have made it past the résumé overview and it is now time to say what might be the only one-on-one interaction with your potential employer before they decide whether to extend you the job offer or not.

Your goal at this point is to put your best foot forward to give the potential employer an outlook of the person with whom they will be potentially working.

Now that you already know what to do and what not to do during an interview, that brings us to the best practices for following up and how to nail it to make the best lasting impression.

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While you wait for a response from your hiring manager after the most stressful part, the interview phase, knowing just what to do can help you influence the outcome greatly.

These steps can help you feel rest assured that you did everything in your power to get the job offer.

  • Submit your thank you note. The York Technical Institute notes that less than four percent of candidates send thank you notes after an interview. Therefore, use this chance to be outstanding. Thank you notes can be typed, handwritten, or emailed. It should include gratitude for the interview, interest in the job, skills, and qualifications, and a concluding thank you. It should be short and simple but be sure to reiterate your interest in the job and sell yourself as the ideal candidate by mentioning your readiness to serve the company.
  • Make a list of the things you think you did well during the interview, as well as those that did not go well immediately after the interview. This is a good time for you to assess your abilities and weaknesses as the interview is still fresh in your mind.
  • Follow up properly. The interviewer may have informed you when you could expect to hear from them but other times they may not have, making it your responsibility to follow up. In any case, following up is among the most crucial steps after an interview is complete. Sometimes files get misplaced and things go crazy. If your employer gives you a specific date when you should expect a response, wait until it has passed and then reach out to them. When you are anxious about a new opportunity, it is usually difficult to wait, but patience is paramount at this stage.
  • Follow up with the person who said they would keep in touch—your interviewer, interview coordinator, or the hiring manager.
  • ·  Address the person by their first name, mention the job title you are following up on to refresh their memory, and reiterate that you are still interested in the position. Ask for an update and show that you are eager to know about the next steps. I would suggest that an email is the best mode of communication in following up as opposed to texting or calling unless you are asked to do so.
  • ·  Finally, keep in mind that some organizations are really bad at providing feedback after an interview. Therefore, do not follow up more than twice. If you do not hear back after a couple of weeks, just know that the position has been filled.
  • ·  Properly negotiate, accept, or decline a job offer. Once you are given the job offer, you do not want to rush and accept on the spot. Even if you know that you will finally accept it, take your time to evaluate and ascertain that the position really suits you.
  • ·  The first thing you do is to ask for time to consider the offer while still expressing your gratitude for it. Remember to not ask for a lot of time lest they withdraw the offer. Evaluate the whole package of the job, including its perks, salary, and benefits, and aspects such as time you would spend traveling. Ascertain the stages you need to go through, for instance, if there is a compulsory background and medical checkup. Finally, make your decision and reach out to your hiring manager.
  • ·  Consider negotiating if you want the offer and you feel there is something that could make the offer stronger including the salaries and benefits that would work for you.

These are just a few tips to help with your job search!