You just met your potential employer face-to-face. Now you can breathe easily because the most stressful part of the hiring process is over. It’s not the right time to open the champagne yet, as there are still many tasks to complete in order to succeed.
You can win the job by following up on an interview.
1. It is difficult for people to assess your personality after just one meeting.
They take time to get to know you. It is because everything is so artificial that you cannot effectively market yourself during interviews. It’s difficult to communicate your personal brand when you are nervous, don’t know much about the person you’re speaking with, or when the interviewer is hurrying. That’s why you need to promote yourself outside of the cold room.
2. This expands your network
Do you think a simple handshake is enough to do it all? Let’s get realistic. The HR staff you fear is human. Even corporate bosses. One handshake and you have connections. It doesn’t work this way. Professional networking is more important than you realize. Instead of waiting for everyone to remember you, try sending them personalized e-mails of appreciation.
3. It could be their deciding factor
Many hiring staff is just waiting to see who will respond to the job posting. They want to know if the applicant is serious about applying for the job. Imagine this scenario: There are only four candidates left who want the job. Three of the four candidates called within a few days. The last one waited and didn’t follow up with an interview, fearing that he would be an annoying prospect. It’s better to be considered annoying and rejected than to be rejected simply because you aren’t interested.
4. It brings back the interviewer
People are easily distracted by so many tasks and become forgetful. It’s easy to see why HR staff forget applicants so often. There are an average of 200 applicants per posting. How many are they managing? Although we don’t know the exact number, one thing is certain: you must remind your interviewer about yourself. To establish genuine ties with them, you must keep popping up. Although you may not be offered the job, at least you’ll be the first to know if there are any vacancies that match your qualifications.
5. It calms a blunder
It’s best to avoid contacting the employer if you have done anything embarrassing during your first meeting. You know you won’t be hired. Do not leave a negative impression. Send a short letter to address the problem and then go on to discuss your qualifications for the job. It’s possible that they will reconsider your application if you follow up with them for a job interview. Even if your purpose is to update the application, it’s a good idea to keep in touch with them.
Nelson Mullins was a former expert in corporate hiring and recruitment. He regularly writes articles about resumes, writing resumes, personality development, and general career topics. He is the father of three children and enjoys biking and photography. Nelson believes that, even though the job market is a race for applicants, it’s important to remain open to new ideas and to continue to grow your career.