How to Follow up after a Job Interview
You just had a successful job interview for what you hope to be your next construction project. Now what? Do you immediately call to say thank you? Do you give them space so you don’t appear desperate?
Here are some tips to get you through next steps:
Final Steps of Interview
After your interview, take a proactive approach and ask a few questions of your own. A best practice is to ask for business cards for each person you interviewed with. Having business cards allows you to message interviewers directly instead of contacting the person who sent up the interview.
When you leave the interview, note something you remember about each person you spoke with so you can reference this later. If an interviewer mentioned their favorite part of the job is getting to be outside all day long, mention this in your follow up. Referencing specifics from your conversation personalizes your follow-up and helps you stand out.
The timing of when you follow up is important. You don’t want to appear overzealous or too flippant. This article states that one full business week is the minimum you should wait before reaching out after a job interview. This will give a hiring manager some time to meet with other candidates and discuss with other employees in the hiring process.
Yet, you don’t want to miss an opportunity by waiting too long. If a position is set to fill quickly, it can be a moot point of saying thank you after the fact.
One way to ensure you’re in decent range is to ask how quickly the construction company is looking to fill the position. If they say “we’d like to fill this by the end of the week” then it is safe to say thank you for the interview later in the day or the following day.
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There are a few ways to handle follow up messaging after a job interview. A simple “Thank You” can go a long way to show your appreciation.
However, if you’re looking for an update on the status of a job, there may be some more verbiage you can add.
For instance, you could say something like:
Dear Mr. Beckett,
I appreciate meeting with you last week to discuss the plumbing opportunity on your next construction project. It was great to learn about crew and how much you like working with them. I also enjoy being outside in this fantastic weather.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if there is anything else you need from me to be in consideration.
Thank you for your time.
When following-up, whether you send a thank you note in the mail or send a quick note via email, it’s imperative to personalize your message. A canned follow-up will come-off as cold and thoughtless. Employers want to feel valued. It’s important to show that you want the job at the company you’re speaking with, not just looking for a job somewhere.
Take a look at the above example. It details part of the conversation the interviewee had with the hiring manager. It also asked for contact with the company without being forceful. Being appreciative and showing your interest in the company can cinch you your next job.
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