We’ve all been there: the interview went great, you bonded with the boss, and you can feel yourself nestled into a desk taking the company to new heights. Except right now the only thing you’re nestled into is post-interview purgatory, waiting for a callback and wondering how many other candidates just leapfrogged you in the process.
“Should I call? Write? Is that good? Will I blow it?” The questions are piling up in your mind and your spouse is getting tired of the paranoia.
Playing your next card is like a game of chess, and one false move can checkmate you right out of the job.
So we went to Jeanne Anderson, a senior vice president of the red-hot DogVacay, a Santa Monica start-up that matches dog owners with prospective sitters. In her own words, here are seven insider tips for not blowing it in this dog eat dog job market:
Don’t just write, “Thanks so much for your time. I really hope we get to work together!"
I appreciate candidates who send me links of websites, articles or reference material that are inspirational or relevant to our work. It tells me you’re thinking critically about what we do and that you’re fired up about working here.
Having said that, it's important to include substance in the note itself, which is sometimes easier in an email. Email is obviously easier to respond to as well.
It's fine to be eager about the status of the hire, but don't harass me -- use the contact moment as an opportunity to continue to sell yourself.
Tell me more things you’ve learned or observed about our business. Impress me with your continued analysis of how we could improve the business.
Then close by asking me how the hiring process is going, and whether or not I have any concerns about you as a candidate. I’m much more likely to respond.
Try to overcome any of their concerns right there in the interview itself, but then don’t forget to use your follow up communication to put their mind at ease about exactly those issues. That’s the type of follow up that stands out from other candidates, and it’s the kind of follow up that turns interviews into offers.