Interview Follow Up, Thank You Email, Social Media, Personal Branding
JOB HUNT / 14 December 2016
Thursday Trend: The Modernized Interview Follow-Up
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Hannah Son
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Redondo Beach

The Modernized Interview Follow-Up

Changes, trends, and transformations:

Over the last couple years, many things have changed; One Direction lost a member, Star Wars “The Force Awakens” brought in a record $1 billion in 12 days and Tom Brady set the record for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback—But, what many people don’t know, is that the interview follow-up procedure has had a couple transformations itself. In 2016, key factors in interview follow-up are moving away from paper and towards technology.  


Email is the new snail mail:

Nowadays, email is standard protocol, and although handwritten letters can be personal, using them run the risk of appearing irrelevant (especially when interviewing for high-paced tech job). When it comes to mail, the “snail” pace could also cost you the job. By the time you write, stamp, send out and receive mail, the recruiter/manager may have already made a decision. 

Even though you are skipping the handwritten letter, a well-written and thoughtful follow up is necessary to show them that you are serious about the position. A concise email will not only arrive instantly at the moment you click a screen, but it will also reflect your punctuality, professional sense and responsibility. It is very important to email everyone involved with the interview within a day of the meeting and to remain genuine.   

Make smart choices (post smart posts):

Social Media is a tool that has come along in recent years that can be harnessed to benefit your interview follow-up procedure. During the final selection process, employers are working hard and doing their research. While an intelligent post is not the same thing as a follow-up, it’s something you can do to stay on their radar and keep your online reputation positive. Show potential employers your value by posting quality information rather than a, “I can't wait for them to tell me if I got the job or not #waiting #nowwhat”. 

This step is important because even if you don’t get the job, this employer could be useful to your future network. Treat your social media as if you are building relationships, it may take a little more effort but it is all a part of the interview process. Keep it updated with relevant articles, information, news, etc.   

Utilize the Internet:

Did you forget your interviewers? Look them up on LinkedIn, Google or Facebook! Do some research of your own and see what types of posts they are interested in and adjust your postings accordingly.   

Know When to Move On:

If you have been through the entire process and have been waiting patiently, but still have no reply, then know that it is time to move on. If the company has yet to respond then move onto bigger and better things. Don't take it personally and take it as a door to new opportunities.

According to human resources consultant/expert resume writer Chris Fields, getting "rejected" reminds you to focus on other opportunities.

"Don’t take it personally; just move along. You never know what is happening internally at a company. Here is my rule of thumb: Follow up once, and if you receive no response, follow up once more. If you still don’t hear anything, move on."

Fields added, that a company time frames can be tricky to predict, and candidates should take encouraging comments during an interview with a grain of salt. "Workplace emergencies happen unexpectedly and all the time, so it’s important to follow up a couple of times. But if you hear absolutely nothing, then it’s time to move on," says Fields. "Some interviewers are complimentary to avoid confrontation; they tell you what you want to hear. 

Sometimes it’s genuine, but there is no way for you to tell. If the company wants to hire you, they will contact you, whether it happens a week later, a month later or even several months later."   

Read more here for 5 expert tips for following up after a job interview.

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