© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
Too many job seekers think that after a job interview, their only course of action is to wait around for the interviewer to call them. This isn't true. As a matter of fact, not only is it not true, but simply waiting around for the interviewer to get in touch with you is actually the worst thing you can do for your chances of getting your dream job. After a job interview is conducted, a whole sequence of events take place at the target company before you are either offered the job or not. This sequence of events takes place over a period of time that can last as long as several weeks or even months.
After a job interview, all the men and women who spoke to you write up an evaluation of your interview, grading you on the various elements which they have been appointed to consider, and including whatever personal observations and opinions they might have about your suitability for the position. Then, these interviewers will either get together or confer by telephone with a central figure, who will get a sense of the overall impression you made. Sometime after everyone's input has been gathered, an overall evaluation is formed and a decision will be made about the next action. In some companies, those with urgent needs, several open positions at any given time, or who have made a conscious effort to act quickly with candidates, that decision might be a simple "hire or not hire" decision, and it might be made as quickly as immediately after a job interview.
In other companies, however, managers are not quite as quick to make a decision after a job interview. They may not feel particularly pressed to make a quick decision, they might be looking for a "perfect" candidate or might just be disorganized and inefficient in their hiring process. For these companies, the next action item might be something more like "keep in mind while continuing to interview." If that is the case, your candidacy might stick in deep freeze for weeks while they continue to look at other candidates. During that time, if you are not ever heard from again, the impression you made on the decision makers becomes less and less vivid and your change of getting the position weakens.
The way to keep yourself in the front of the interviewer's mind after a job interview is through regular, polite communication. During your job interview, make a mental note of the subjects, both personal and professional which the interviewer appears to be especially interested in. After the job interview, jot down notes about those topics. When you get to a computer next, write a quick thank you note for the interviewer's time and express continued interest in the opening. Offer your availability to speak again if needed. Last, find some sort of information--an article, a contact, a link--that you know the interviewer would appreciate, and include it with the communication. Every ten days or so, until you have learned the position is filled, send another note expressing interest and containing a similar "gift" of welcome information.
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