The interview is over, but you can still make an impression. Here is 8 ideas to enhance your probability.
1. Show that your 100% ready and willing for the job.
Leave no doubt in the interviewer’s mind about where you stand. Ask for the job at meeting’s end with a phrase such as, “I would really like to be a part of this company and I hope you choose me.”
2. Ask what is next?
You don’t want to be a pest, but your silence as days pass could be misinterpreted as non-caring? Avoid the guesswork by finding out before heading home what the employer prefers in terms of checking in. Asking the recruiter about the preferred method of follow-up communication o.k. to do.
3. Be on time!
If you tell the interviewer you’ll send a list of references tomorrow morning, make sure you do it. Keeping your word and answering requests in a timely manner speaks volumes about the type of employee you might be.
4. Know when to be patient.
If an interviewer requests that you follow up by phone in a week, respect her wishes. Calling the next day can be construed as pushy and desperate. Listen to any sign during the interview that hints when you should follow up. For example if the hirer is leaving, pay attention to when they will be back.
5. Send a quick thank you note.
A positive, nonintrusive way to stay on an employer’s mind is to send a thank you note. Emailing one within 24 hours of the interview is o.k., then following up with a handwritten note that arrives one to three business days later is better. The squeaky wheel always gets greased first.
6. Address one of the company’s wants.
Listen in the interview for any signs of what they want to improve and emphasize on how you can help in those areas.
7. Research about the company.
Always assume you are getting the job and act as if you have. This will put the process in motion and prepare you for any fast follow up phone calls or interviews.
8. Leverage outside resources
Networking should never stop. “If you have contacts and connections with anyone who might influence the hiring decision, or who actually knows the interviewer, ask her to put a good word in for you!