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Add More to your Interview Performance with a Follow-Up

Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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A follow-up at key stages of job selection process can increase your chances of success with prospective employers.

 

A follow-up is no more an option, but an essential element, for aspiring candidates in the current job market. Your suitability to an organisation may be decided on whether or not you took an effort to do a follow-up.

 

Why Follow-Up can Be Crucial

You Gain a Competitive Edge - A decent follow-up helps to set you apart from other job-seekers, and is, for this simple reason, a crucial aspect of an interview process. Given the tough job market, it is important that you avail every opportunity that can lend you a competitive edge.

 

You Convey your Attitude to Recruiters - If you regard a follow-up as just a tool to know the status of your interview, you couldn’t be more mistaken. An effective follow-up can send several crucial messages about your attitude to the recruiter.

When you follow-up, you indirectly express to prospective employers your interest in the job and in working for the organisation. It also conveys your willingness to be flexible and take an initiative.

Hiring managers may even include a follow-up as a criterion to screen interviewees. If you have already created a good impression with your talent and skills at the interview, your willingness to follow-up only elevates your performance quotient.

 

You Make an Impression - You could simply be adding another fat point to your interview score with a follow-up. Even if your performance in a technical round was a mark below other candidates, your follow-up could fetch you the required score to graduate to the next round, or perhaps to even win the position.

In case you fail to get the job for some reason, your effective follow-up can create a lasting impression on your prospective employers. You’ll have gained an invaluable career resource — a contact — in the process, which can help you in future endeavours.

 

Conduct a Strategic Follow-Up

Your time of follow-up is also a crucial factor to consider.

 

Follow-Up Post Resume Submission

Do a follow-up if recruiters haven’t got in touch with you within their specified deadline. It is possible that the recruiter missed your resume; your follow-up could prevent you from losing a valuable opportunity in such a case.

A follow-up after resume submission gives you an opportunity to explain your skill set to the recruiter. In case the hiring manager has missed, or is yet to go through, your resume, your follow-up can elevate your initial selection chances, especially if you have a strong skill set to match the job.

 

Follow-Up Post Interview Process

A follow-up with the hiring manager is advisable if you haven’t received any kind of reply from the company after its specified deadline. Interview is an elaborate process and it is possible that the company might still be screening candidates; but a follow-up can be worth your time.

 

Create an Effective Follow-Up

A mere act of follow-up without proper etiquette can bounce and even make you lose probably your dream job. It’s important to follow-up the right way. An effective follow-up can make the difference to whether or not you get a job.

Keep watching this space to know what makes an effective follow-up. Meanwhile, we are eager to hear your views on a follow-up. Has it helped your career? Please share your experiences.

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