One of the best-kept secrets to crushing your job interviews is to FOLLOW UP via email. Do you follow up with your interviewers with a thank you note within 24 hours? If not, you must start. Seriously, right now. You are literally throwing your interview in the trash otherwise.
I actually have met SEVERAL people who will not hire someone if they do not get a follow up from them within 24 hours. I don’t care if you don’t have your interviewers’ email – figure it out, find a way, and write an email. Or even a LinkedIn message.
Think about it this way, if someone is going to hire you – they want to know you have great follow up. No one wants to have to micromanage like a babysitter on the job. Bosses want someone who is freaking proactive. And that’s you. You are going to be proactive AF. Kapesh?
There is an art to following up after an interview, and we’ll get into exactly what you need to say in this post. But let’s talk about why you need to start following with your interviewer after every single interaction.
Why you need to follow up after your interviews:
It shows proactivity
As I mentioned above, no boss is walking around like, “oh yeah, I want an employee I can babysit”. Like, no. Every boss is like, wow, I want to hire a kick-ass employee who will learn the sh*t out of the job.
When you follow up, you are showing that you have great follow through. You will be a trustworthy employee and you will do this with whatever the job entails.
You can show you were paying attention
The interview follow up is more than a simple follow up. It’s like how your body language says more than what you actually say.
When you follow up after an interview, you can make it clear you were paying attention. You can show ownership of whatever your job will be, and that you will not have to be asked something twice.
It allows you to address any mess ups
Let’s say you say something in the interview that you know is just…wrong. Maybe you fumbled over a question or said something you are completely regretting. That’s ok.
The beautiful part about the follow up is that you get this incredible opportunity to fix your mistake. If you made some sort of mishap in your interview, don’t admit to it in this email, but find a way to expand on it.
Say something like, “I was putting some thought (or doing some research), into X question, and wanted to share…” and then share your exact answer. You can even share that you researched, showing you are great at follow up (double whammy).
Ok, so here’s the big kahunas. Your follow up should be smart, and nuanced. Here is what you should include in your follow up to a job interview.
What should you include in your follow up?
When you write a thank you note, make sure you address it to the exact person you met with. Don’t use, to whom it may concern or some other nomenclature that shows you were not paying attention.
One trick: write down the person name in your notepad when you come in an interview. You can even ask how to spell it or ask for a business card.
A Thank You
Even if the person you spoke with is a complete and total jerk (which then, I hope you don’t have to work with them!), say thank you. You can say thank you for taking the time, say thank you for taking time out of their busy day to explore your experiences.
Start your note with thank you, it will always help and not hurt.
A Reference To Something You Spoke About
To show the interviewee and that I was paying attention, always mention something the interviewer mentioned during the interview. You can phrase it like, “What you mentioned regarding X, really resonated with me.”
It doesn’t have to be long, but as long as you allude to the fact that yes, you were paying attention – you will be good to go.
Say you want the job
You’ve heard me say this before, but ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, remind the interviewer that you are a good fit and want the job.
You can phrase this like, “Our conversation confirmed that I think I could add a lot of value to this role”. This doesn’t sound cocky, just like you paid attention – and that you are going to crush the role!
Asking Next Steps
If this was not talked about in person, make sure you ask the next steps in your follow up. Show you want to move forward!
Ok, now that you know how you can follow up, PROMISE me you’ll start following up after an interview. I can’t wait for you to see success from this.
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