Navigating the treacherous post-interview waters.
There’s a few ways to manage the pressure and anxiety that often comes post-interview. The reality is that how you choose to follow-up an interview could be your one last chance to make a great impression! So how do you make sure it’s the best one?
Key things to remember:
- You want to be front and centre but not OTT with your delivery.
- You need to tailor your follow-up to the ‘beat’ of your interview!
- You need to ensure quality of your submission.
- Only sending a follow-up email if you are genuinely interested (otherwise it’s a waste of both your time and the hiring company’s).
Keeping all of that in mind, here are 8 tips to consider when writing a follow-up email:
1 // Convey your high level of interest.
Like I just mentioned – the fact that you actually want the job should be the main reason you are sending a follow-up email – so make that clear!
Use the email with your potential future employer to indicate that the interview has confirmed your interest in the position.
Make sure you give relevant references to information which the interviewer shared about the company and role, which grew your appeal of working for them!
2 // Confirm why the role is the perfect fit!
You need to tailor your response (as much as possible) so that your key capabilities match the most critical qualifications for the role.
If you did happen to be missing one or two critical skills, you need to address this – rather than avoid it – by communication to the interviewer how you plan on combating this i.e. will you be taking up a course during your employment to supplement the skills you’re missing? Future employers will appreciate your commitment.
3 // Add more information that backs your candidacy.
Use your follow-up as an opportunity to share any information you forgot to mention in the interview – granted it’s relevant to the role.
This could include a reference to an asset that wasn’t probed by the interviewer or more information on a question that initially caused you to blank!
4 // Keep it professional.
Just because the interview is over … that doesn’t mean you can suddenly slip back into the ‘chill’ version of you. When communicating with your interviewer, make sure you keep all writing clear, concise, professional AND ensure there’s no spelling errors (#AttentionToDetail).
5 // Promised to send over some collateral? Don’t forget to attach them … all at once!
There’s nothing worse than receiving a bunch of attachments one. at. a time. OR having to wait a million years to receive something you asked for. I’m sure we’ve all been on the receiving end of this – without the added pressure of needing to make a decision on your next employee!
So make it easy on the person making the big decision: triple-check your email before sending it, to make sure it includes all the relevant, requested documents. If you’re finding that the file size is becoming a bit too big, try adding all docs into one folder and compressing the file to a zip!
6 // Positivity is key.
I’m assuming that the interview went well (hence the follow-up) – so you want to make sure that the positivity is also conveyed in your email! Keep the tone light.
7 // Keep it short.
I know that we’ve run through a LOT of tips … so you’ll want to sort out what’s a priority depending on the interview you’d had. It’s likely that the interviewer (like any professional) receives a lot of emails in one day … so do them a favour and keep it concise #NoFluff!
8 // Get your timing right.
Aim to send your email 12 – 24 hours after the interview. Why? First of all, you’re most likely not the only person being interviewed that day – so you want to avoid seeming ‘pesky’. Secondly, you still want to remain ‘top of mind’ … hence the 24-hour cut-off.