How long has it been since you attended that interview?
If it has been over a week, you know well that you are required to follow up, lest you waste your time waiting on an opportunity that may never come?
But how do you make such a follow up?
I sat down with Ms. Muthoni Ndegwa, one of the recruitment managers at Corporate Staffing Services to shed light on the worst ways you can follow up after an interview.
“I must tell you that as a recruiter, sometimes you are forced to re-concider a candidate just because of the way they follow up after an interview,” she begins.
Ideally, no one has a right to blame you when you believe you gave the job interview the best yet you can’t hear from your potential employer.
But what is it that that you do in a bid to know how the interview went that annoys employers?
1. Overly overconfidence
A show of confidence in the interview room has been established to work for you but you ruin your chances when you take your show overboard.
This could just come at the end of the interview when everything else has gone well. Then just before you are ushered out of the interview room, you pop the question out.
‘When can I start to work?’ You can do better than this. Ms Ndegwa recommends a show of humility as you make an immediate post-interview follow up to be certain about your situation.
“The best is to ask politely at the end of the interview how long it will be before you hear from them or just say I am looking forward to hearing from you in two weeks,” she recommends.
A show of humility can make the difference between you and other candidates, their performance in the interview questions notwithstanding.
2. Frequent check-ins
Be careful that you don’t turn into a stalker!
The most annoying post-interview habit could perhaps be getting the employer’s contact information and going ahead to drop non-stop inquiries of how your interview went.
You drop countless e-mails, numerous text messages and even go ahead to call them to know when you are starting the job. Any employer would be pissed at that.
Once you make one attempt to reach out to the recruiter, rest assured that their word will work. If they tell you to call again after a week or so, abide by that and nothing more lest they feel, as Ms Ndegwa says, harassed.
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After you leave the interview room, confident or not about getting the job, you go ahead and obtain any employee’s contact that you feel is capable of speaking in your favour to the interviewer.
This is unethical. It is worse when you keep calling such employees to ask them whether there is a likelihood of you being selected in a way that shows you are seeking out favours.
4. Using a desperate tone
Job searching could be coupled with a lot of despair, true. You however do not protrude such feelings to a prospective employer. Keep in mind that you are putting your hard-earned skills to task and are not getting anything for free.
The recruiter can easily pick nuances of desperation in your tone when you tell them you are doing nothing and are keenly waiting for them to give you the job.
Some even go ahead to mention how they will do anything to get the job. This is a show of despair and in that case, an annoying post-interview follow up habit that you should shun.
In as much as waiting could be the worst nightmare in the whole job search process, let it not be the reason for the potential employer to conclude that you are bound to turn into the worst employee they ever had to deal with. Pressed as you may be, you must be wary that the things you could do that could end up ruining your chances of ever getting that job.