What do you do once you’ve had a great interview? What are the next steps you can use to follow-up on this momentum? In this article we want to focus on three simple steps to actually win the job after the interview. I’ll never forget when I first came out of college, competing against some of the leading people in the technology industry for a job, and actually winning it. Later, I asked the manager why he selected me, and he said it was one simple thing: I followed up with a personal note card. Since that time, I’ve continued to make it a point to follow up promptly with a personal thank you card after every interview, to thank them for their time and mention specific things. I’ve also made it a habit to do three simple things after every job interview or client interaction that I have, and want to share those with you. Above all, always remember to follow up and show interest.
Let Them Know Why You Are Excited about the Job
After the job interview, I think it’s important to follow up with an email that identifies what got you excited about the job. What was it—was it the team? Did the topical area interest you? Was it the challenge of new responsibilities? Was it expanding your role on a team? Was it going to the next level in your professional development? How can you support their efforts? As a potential project manager for that team, what is it that you can provide that will help them? Provide links to your work, sample templates, etc. to supplement portfolio samples they already have. Then, state what you understood to be the outcome of the meeting and what the next steps are and how you will follow up.
Follow Up with a Personal Note Card
Secondly, follow up with the personal note card. There’s power in sending your genuine thoughts and a signature. Share something specific that you observed about them, something you found interesting about their experience, background, leadership style, or maybe the environment. Maybe include a takeaway if you have one. We know it’s important to bring a portfolio to the job interview, but perhaps you can include another sample with the personal note. People appreciate templates, tools, techniques, methodologies, etc.
Outline Action Items
After sending an email and personal note, follow up with action items in a timely manner. Send a reminder, “I look forward to our call tomorrow or next week,” and maybe mention the action items you are responsible for.
As a bonus, if you happen to lose the job interview, lose it gracefully. You never know; that opportunity may not have been the right fit for you, but your interviewer may have a different opportunity that’s an even better fit. Even if that’s the case, you still have won the job.
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