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Top 5 Job Follow-Up Errors you could be Committing

Thursday, 20 March 2014
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An efficient follow-up may or may not fetch you a job, but a worst follow-up can ruin your career. Find out what you should not do when doing a job follow-up.

You may have performed excellently at the interview, but much to your surprise, you haven’t been shortlisted. Where could you have gone wrong? An improper follow-up could be a possible potential reason. It is as important to know how not to do a follow-up as it is to know how to do one efficiently. Start by identifying these unprofessional follow-up methods.

Ignoring a Thank You Message to Interviewers

Sending a thank you message to your interviewers improves your longevity in the receivers’ minds. They are most likely to remember you for the extra mile you were willing to go by writing the thank-you message. Send a thank-you email immediately after your interview.

Avoiding a Follow-Up

A follow-up communicates your interest in the job role and the organisation, and can add more value to your interview performance. If you are avoiding a follow-up fearing being perceived as desperate, you can take steps to ensure that your follow-up is efficient (Read: How to Make your Job Follow-Up Effective and not Desperate).

Calling too soon after an interview may not fetch any useful information on your status. Take two to three days to follow-up. This gives enough time for recruiters in case they are going through other candidate profiles or are held up with their work schedules. Send an email or place a call to follow-up.

Making an Impolite Follow-Up

Stories of candidates sending cranky and downright rude messages in the name of a follow-up are not uncommon.

Avoid calling or emailing the recruiter daily. If the recruiter has specified a time to get in touch with you, respect that deadline and wait till it expires, to follow up. Do not call recruiters if they have asked you not to do so.

Not Giving Importance to your Follow-Up Message Content

How you draft your follow-up is crucial. A message that gets unabashedly friendly with the receiver is most likely to work against you. Be polite and professional in your writing. Reiterate the value you can add to the role and your interest in the organisation. Be factual. Ensure your copy if proofread to avoid grammatical errors.

Behaving Unprofessionally

You may not be selected for the job despite an effective follow-up. Do not let the frustration push you into behaving impolitely with the recruiter. Displaying rudeness over phone or email can lead the company blacklisting you from their candidate list for future vacancies. Worse, such action could hurt your career in the long-term.

There could be several other reasons for the panel to not to have chosen you. Find out from the recruiter, if possible, reasons for rejection. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

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