4 Unique Ways to Follow up on a Job Interview that Help You Stand Out from Other Applicants
Even in an employee’s market, you still need to learn to stand out with an interviewer. We focus a lot on our applications, cover letter, resume, and the interview, but what about the follow up to a job interview?
For many, the follow up after a job interview seems like an afterthought. But this is where you can really help yourself stand out to an interviewer, especially since you aren’t required to follow up.
Here are 4 unique and creative ideas on how you can follow up on a job interview that will help you stand out.
1 | Snail Mail for the Win!
In our digital age, it’s easy to follow up with an email. Instead, send a handwritten thank you note via snail mail. This personal touch can help set you apart from a sea of other applicants. Make sure that you mention some of the things that were spoken about during the interview–an interviewer will be impressed that you paid attention to the small details of the process. It will also allow you to re-emphasize your biggest selling points or say anything that perhaps you felt was missed or lost during the interview. And if you happen to be the creative type, you might even make a handmade card to really stand out! But whether you buy a thank you note, or make one, get it out ASAP!
2 | Phone In
Calling and being willing to speak with the interviewer again lets the company know you really want the job. And don’t be afraid to follow up a couple of times during the interview process. The hardest workers tend to be a bit pushy, but only because they know what they want and do what it takes to get it. And this initiative can really make you stand out as someone who will do their best each day to help the company succeed. Remember that during the call, use the hiring manager’s name, say thank you, mention the position you interviewed for, reiterate why you are the best person for the job and then personalize the call by mentioning something new you learned during the interview or by asking a question you didn’t ask during the interview.
3 | Get Personal
During the interview process, pay particular attention to what you talk about–especially during the ice breaker chat. Does the interviewer or hiring manager like music? Do they enjoy literature? Or sports? Whatever they love, find out! Once your second or third interview is done, put something together that they will appreciate. This personal touch shows that you care enough to be attentive to the small things and it creates a link between yourself and the manager. It’s a creative way to really set yourself apart.
4 | Question Time
Nothing says dedication like putting some personal time into a bit more research post-interview to ask some questions that you didn’t ask during the interview. Also, as humans we have a tendency to forget things when the moment arises, so if there was something you forgot to ask during the interview, the follow up is a great time to do so! Remember, be honest and let them know you forgot to ask, or that you came across some new information that you thought was interesting. Asking questions can help keep you in the manager’s head and lets them know you are still focused on earning that position.