If you’ve been job hunting you’ve no doubt experienced a great level of frustration as you’ve received repeated rejections either after submitting your resume or after the interview process.
Presumably you’re doing everything you should such as submitting a well formatted resume with no typos, researching the company to whom you are applying, and dressing professionally for the interview. But your job as a job hunter isn’t over just because the interview has been completed. You must send the all important thank you note. According to a survey by Career Builder of 2,878 hiring managers, 22 percent said they would be less likely to hire a candidate if he or she failed to send a thank you note after the interview. A short, well-crafted thank you email could improve your chances of coming off the unemployment line by twenty-two percent! Send it the night of your interview so that the hiring manager receives your thank you the next morning. This will ensure your name stays fresh in their mind.
The second tip that could improve your chances is to follow up in three to five days if you have not heard back from the employer. Don’t assume you’re interrupting the hiring manager’s day with your follow-up. We once recruited for a software company that looked very favorably upon candidates who checked in with them following an interview. Failure to do so by the candidate generally indicated to our client that the candidate did not have a high level of interest in the opportunity. The company not only wanted to hire the best worker, but also the worker who was most interested in them. After your initial thank you note, you may want to follow-up within a week. Thereafter if you still have not heard anything, you may want to email every other week unless the hiring cycle is moving at a rapid pace. Then you may want to consider a weekly call, but unless directed to do so by the hiring manager, avoid calling more frequently than that. You don’t wish to appear too desperate or overbearing.