5 Top Interview Follow-Up Tips to Help You Land the Job

5 Top Interview Follow-Up Tips to Help You Land the Job
by Kaitlin King
Photos Joe Kathrina | July 30, 2015
Learn how to avoid the quintessential post-interview mistakes, and guide the follow-up conversation straight toward a job offer. 
As a global talent leader, recruiting makes up a huge portion of my job. Sometimes this looks like being a professional online stalker, sometimes this translates into screening calls at 2am for the Asia-Pacific candidate, and on good days, this means free lunches from headhunters wooing you into their services.

The best days are when you make that magical match between your company’s needs and the candidate’s professional goals, where the hiring team is enamored with the applicant, and where the candidate can’t wait to get on board.

Navigating the job search game can be tough to understand from the outside. It’s very obvious to recruiters when people are taking tips from the wrong side of the fence—calling every day to follow-up on an application, overusing empty buzzwords in their resume (“Go-getter” and “Team Player” are key offenders), and unnaturally name-dropping in the interview.

Remember, us recruiters and our hiring team are people just like you. Their goal is to find partners whose vision align with the company's and who will make the company and themselves better by coming on board.

In an interview, you already have one foot in the door, with the recruiter as a captive audience to your personality and achievements. You already have our eyes and ears in an interview; use these tips to keep the momentum going afterward and lead you to secure the job.

1. Say Thank You

No, recruiters don’t need a handwritten note, but an email is always necessary. Try to send this out a couple hours after the interview to keep your name in your interviewer’s mind. 

2. Reinforce Your Strengths

Self-promotion is not shameless if you do it well. Your thank you note is an opportunity to keep your name at the top of a company’s list by reinforcing the great stuff you already told them about in the interview. 

3. Show, Don’t Tell 

Have you ever heard someone say "There’s power in storytelling?" Use your thank you note to share a quick anecdote relating to your interview—perhaps as a follow-up to an interview question, to drive your point home. Casually reference your years of experience in the industry, awards or degrees you’ve earned, papers you’ve published, or projects you’ve accomplished.

4. Get Creative

I once prescreened a woman with zero work experience who wanted to work at a craft store. Her resume was weak, but she arrived wearing a handmade sweater of her own design. She also sent the interviewer a scarf after the interview. This is just one example of how you can get creative with your follow-up. Your creativity might not show up in the form of a free scarf, but you could include a link to your own portfolio or blog—or anything that showcases your excitement for and interest in the job. 

5. Offer to follow up (again)

After you’ve reminded your interviewers about how great you are, ask what you can do to help the recruiting process along. I always appreciate when someone offers additional information, like references or transcripts, and asks what else I need. Your closing should be confident, not desperate, and in a posture that shows flexibility and excitement about the job. 

What tricks have you used to get on a recruiter's good side?