So you spent all day meeting with hiring authorities, and you got along great. You feel there was a meeting of the minds, and you are sure you did all you could do to make your case.
Chances are, you heard these words as you left:
1.)“We have a few more people to talk to, and we’ll be in contact as we go forward in the process”
2.)Or maybe you heard something like: “We’ll call you in a few days to discuss next steps”
Now, depending on your frame of mind and how long you have been searching for a position, you will internalize and interpret those words in one of two ways:
1)They like me, they really, really like me, and my phone is going to be ringing.
2)They didn’t come out and offer me the job, so I must have blown the interview. This job search is taking forever, what the heck is wrong?
Coach Tom (that’s me) is here to tell you that you need to remember the following:
1) Either reaction is counterproductive to your job search mindset
2) Because they are based on unfounded assumption
3) And they distract you from the fact that your job hunt actually BEGINS after the first interview.
That’s right, I said your job search BEGINS AFTER the first interview…because all you’ve really done up to now is research companies and network. If you have interviewed properly, you should now know if a job actually exists, and also know if you can meet their needs as an employee. (You DID talk about their needs, not just yours, right?)
After the interview, regardless of what they tell you or how you feel about how things went, you must do the following as soon as possible:
1) Reflect on the conversations you had with everyone
2) Write down your understanding of the role you interviewed for.
3) Write down what you feel your strong points were.
4) Write down any objections they have about hiring you. You did ask about those, didn’t you? How can you overcome them?
5) Think about and write out what you can do for them, based on your understanding of the position and what they are looking for. Even if you told them verbally already, do this exercise.
This is the important part – think of what you can do as an interview follow-up, using the information gleaned from these exercises.
I have met job seekers who don’t want to rock the boat or take the chance that they might find out they aren’t being considered for the position, so they leave the follow-up to the company, and hope for the best.
This is absurd and passive. Remember, it’s ALWAYS your move. Companies are big monolithic things populated by busy people…they won’t remember you unless you do the right things to get them to notice you and take you seriously.
Notice I said take you seriously…that means no resumes on colored paper, or any other gimmicks…if you conduct yourself as one who fits in their world, you stand a much better chance of eventually getting hired.
The only way to show you belong is to tell them everything you think they need to know about you, after of course you show an understanding of their situation.
Interviews often don’t allow you to get everything out, (unless you talk too much about yourself, which could be one reason why you can’t get hired) so you must seek another way, and that way is through written follow-up.
As we go forward, we will talk about specific ways to follow up after an interview, as well as what is or isn’t following up… The point of today’s blog was to promote the idea that it is something you must do and do well, and give you some exercises to get started.
Until next time, Coach Tom
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach and experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
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