On the second 'Day of Kforce'
From our staffing company,
TWO interview follow-up tips.
Take a deep breath as you exit your interview, the hard part is over; but don’t be mistaken, you’re still being assessed as a potential hire. Most employers are interested to see if your communication is effective and in line with their expectations for the role.
In order to show your eagerness for this new position, a timely, concise and professional follow-up is critical, regardless of industry. Shannon Moeckel, Kforce's National Recruiting Center Training & Development Manager, provides two tips for an effective follow-up.
1. Know what the next steps are before you leave the interview
Timing is key! If you are interested in the opportunity, exceed expectations on any deadlines that were set for you. For example, if your interviewer asks you to follow-up with them before the end of the week (or requests you to complete paperwork, online testing, etc.), be sure to follow-up with the manager or complete the request within 24-48 hours of the interview. You should always follow-up with an email and/or phone call within 48 hours regardless if you were asked to or not.
Don’t be the one that is forgotten! Chances are, other candidates are being interviewed for this position. Following-up in a timely manner will help keep you in the hiring manager’s mind while they meet with other candidates. If you don’t hear back by the expected time, go ahead and call a second time and send a follow-up email to briefly express your continued interest.
2. Make sure your communication after the interview is consistent with the company standards
During your interview, pay attention to how the company communicates. If you were not able to identify the tone or style from your initial contact or phone interview, check out their website. Pay attention to buzzwords or repetition of messaging, as well as the overall image of the company. How do they communicate their message? Are the content, language and style of the website formal or trendy? If you choose to refer to your research in your follow-up, make sure your points are accurate and your tone is in line with the company’s communication style.
Lastly, make sure you are communicating in the manner they prefer. Before leaving the interview, remember to ask which method of communication they are most comfortable with, phone or email.
Stay tuned for Day 3!
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