Note: This material has been extracted from Getting THE Call: Executive Coach Reveals Job Searching SECRETS Employer’s Don’t Want You to Know.
This article will focus on the most important things you should always do after any interview.
Here’s what I’ve learned from being an executive Career Coach for more than 20 years about what you should always do after every interview.
What Should You Always Do AFTER Every Interview?
Conduct your own review of what happened:
Take some quiet time to reflect on the interview by answering the following questions:
- What question could you not answer (or struggled)?
- What question made you uncomfortable?
- Did they raise any objections or concerns?
- What did you learn and what can you do better next time?
If so, work on strengthening any weaknesses. This will help you prepare for the next interview because there will be more!
Send a handwritten thank you note:
While an email “thank you” note is okay, a handwritten thank you note displays more time and effort and allows you to personalize your appeal and impression further.
Note: If you want to stand out and be remembered, send a handwritten thank you note via USPS. For maximum effect, use a black, wide-tipped pen on nice 6 X 9 personalized stationary (From the desk of…), and add your favorite motivational quote at the bottom. If your handwriting isn’t legible, have someone else write it for you.
Follow-up with a phone call:
Make a follow-up call to your potential Leader before the date he said he would decide. Reaffirm your desire, interest, and enthusiasm. If he’s not available, leave a professional voicemail message showing your desire, interest, and enthusiasm.
Failing to follow-up sends the wrong message. Do the right thing!
Remember, the person they selected (if not you) may turn down their offer or may not work out and quit after 30-days. You want to be remembered for all the right reasons. So, always do the right thing, follow-up! And, if you’re not selected for the position, it’s their loss – not yours.
Interviewing is a numbers game! Some will, Some won’t, So what, Next!
Keep going! Don’t let rejection stop you!
Consider the Pre-Emptive Approach:
Based on your level of confidence and experience, you could start the interview by making a presentation.
You could anticipate their questions and present to them exactly what you’ve done for your previous employers to enhance their PCF/BOE like:
- Samples of work you’ve completed
- Diagrams, sketches
- Digital copies on a laptop
- Previous performance reports
- Awards, commendations, recognition
Also, don’t leave any documents with the interviewer. Someone might just copy your work and then not hire you. The intent here is to knock their socks off!
Caution: Make sure whatever you’re presenting does not violate any company secrets, proprietary methods, or intellectual property.
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of life’s great paradoxes.
Do you want to be remembered for the right reasons?
Follow up – because you’ll be the only one who does.
In my next post, I’ll continue to focus on how to interview strong enough to receive the job offer. Prepare to be surprised. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, learn more HERE.