Ok, so now that you have completed your interview, you can heave a big sigh of relief. That did not go quite as terribly as you thought it would. In fact, it went well and you feel pretty confident that you got the job. Still, there are some good techniques to use in interview follow ups that can help secure the job even beyond what the interview can do.
Before you even leave the room, your interview follow up begins. Get all of the interviewers’ contact information and ask two questions. Ask when they will be making their decision and ask when you can expect to be called in for a second interview. Get the names and contact information of all other persons involved, such as the personal assistant, receptionist, and executive secretary. Be polite to all those involved, because interviewers ask all those involved about the potential candidates.
Within a day, begin writing thank you notes to everyone involved in the interview. Make each one unique, because using stock thank you notes ends up looking unprofessional. Depending on the type of interview and the type of contact information given, you can opt for either handwritten mailed, typed mailed, or emailed notes. If you are on the cusp of getting a job, the thank you letter can cement it. If you did not get the job, then the thank you note gives you more credibility as a potential employee in the entire market. Call up your best friend, have them proof read the letters before you send them, especially if your friend is a grammar cop. Either mail or fax the letters within one day of the interview.
Once you have sent your thank you notes, and then are sure to call up your references to remind them that they gave you permission to use them as a reference. If you did not get their permission, this would be the time to call them up and tell them, as well as to offer them some free ice cream for their trouble.
Now is the waiting game, you need to wait two or three days before calling up again to inquire if you have the position. In the meantime, keep applying for jobs and going to interviews. Even if you are pretty sure you got the position, still put out your feelers to get some valuable business contacts and for how the market is. Do not wait for a job that may not be there in the first place.
Do not seem too desperate, but do not drop off the face of the Earth. After your follow up call three days later, call every week until they give you an answer. If you act with etiquette, then you can be sure to find a job soon.