3 Tips on the Art of the Follow Up

So you sent your resume, applied for a job, and you scored an interview. You go in, meet with the recruiter, shake some hands, and answer some questions. You know that your interview went really well, but you also know that there's quite a few other people vying for the same position. What should you do to ensure you stay ahead of the pack?

Well, according to some online experts, the number one thing to do is follow up!

Following up with a company you interviewed with not only shows that you are appreciative of the time and effort they spent in meeting with you, it also shows initiative and respect, and it's a good common courtesy to extend to someone. According to Admin Secret, following up is a great added way to leave your mark on an employer- and given the right process, this could definitely benefit your job search.

Here's some expert tips on following up after an interview:

1) Send a follow up email. According to Huffington Post consultant Christine Hassler, it's a good idea to shoot the person you interviewed with (be sure to find out how to contact them before leaving) a brief email stating your appreciation for their time and that you are looking forward to their response. This gives you a chance to open the discussion for follow up- Christine recommends naming a date you'll be calling them- and to re-address anything in the interview.

2) Send a thank you note. According to this article by Admin Secret, only a few interviewees ever send thank you notes- which means if you send one, you have a great chance to stand out from the crowd. On top of that, as mentioned before, it shows you respect the interviewer and appreciate the time he or she took to meet with you. Be sure not to use any flowery, frilly, or otherwise unprofessional stationary- you still want to maintain a professional appearance with the company. And another thing- employers will be interested to know that you have good communication skills- a thank you note (the same with an email) is a great way to show off your writing proficiency, as pointed out by Admin Secret.

3) Make a phone call. After you've sent the email and a thank you note and waited an allotted amount of time, many experts say that it is OK for you to call an interviewer back- just be sure not to be a nuisance. Employment blog Movin' On Up suggests trying to get in contact with an actual person (preferably one who was present at your interview) and avoiding leaving a message. Don't leave too many messages either- keep in mind that it's possible the person you interviewed with may not be ready to contact you.

While good interviewing skills are important, a great follow up could be the edge you need to secure a position with an employer. Second impressions do count, so remember to keep it professional, keep it brief, and please, always make sure to proofread.

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