Steps to take after the job interview to get the job you want even when not hiring
You need a job, and you managed to get an interview. Now what? Career Coach, author and speaker Ford R. Myers has written a book,
Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring ,
to help take the mystery out of interview follow-ups. The author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring gives good advice. Ford R. Myers is the President of Career Potential, LLC. He helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve.
According to John Wiley and Sons, there are ten top tips for post-interview success.
Before the interview even begins, make yourself pro-active by determining what your follow-up strategy will be. By doing this before the interview, you will actually enhance your behavior during the interview.
Go into the interview with a consultant attitude, rather than the attitude of an applicant. Ask intelligent, probing and pertinent questions about the employer’s business needs, challenges, and problems. Bring along a notepad and pen so you will be able to write down the answers. These will be used later, when you follow up.
Use leverage from friends and acquaintances who have connections with those who influence the decision. Ask them to put in a good word for you after the interview.
Don’t be in a hurry to get that offer. The purpose of the first interview is to get invited back for a second interview with a higher-level executive.
Before you shake hands and part, confirm what the next step will be. Don’t be satisfied with comments like
“Thanks for coming here” or “We’ll let you know soon”.
Go to another one step above, and get commitment out of the employer as to what comes next.
Be prompt with your follow-up by sending out thank-you notes, but don’t settle for the generic card. Include specific references to each person you met with and mention something they said or contributed to the interview.
Be persistent without becoming a pest, using business etiquette in your regular follow-ups. Call and e-mail. Continue to express a interest in the potential opportunity.
With every follow-up contact, use it as a chance to build your value. Don’t worry about bragging too much, but subtly include brief synopses of your accomplishments and how they directly relate to the company’s stated challenges. Format this in a side-by-side chart comparison or send actual samples of your work.
Accept rejections with grace. If that call, letter, or email arrives that they are not interested in you, move on.
Turn that defeat into triumph. Distinguish yourself from the other rejected applicants. After a rejection, send out a thank-you letter. Be polite and professional.