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05/14/14

Call waiting: Why your post job actions set tone to get hired

Job interviews are nerve racking, scary and downright pressure packed as every word or non verbal cue could be interpreted by the interviewer in such a way that it could make or break your job interview.
But you could also argue that the real trepidation and anticipation starts the moment you leave the interview, when the real decision making about whether you're fit for a job is discussed behind the proverbial closed doors.
Two schools of thought enter your mind when it comes to following up after an interview: do it or let the course of action play out without interfering. The latter isn't advisable for a number of reasons but most importantly it shows a lack of respect and interest for the job you just interviewed for, and not doing anything says you're not the right person.
Some would suggest that a phone call, email or any such follow up isn't going to make or break whether you get the job or not, an attitude that scream complacency and lethargy in the same breath. Hiring managers want to see initiative and desire but overly tempered.
Sitting on your hands is bad, but there's also such a thing as overdoing it after the completion of an interview, and that includes calling too many times or sending countless emails and inundating the interviewer to the point that you've called, emailed or actually talked your way out of the job.

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The goal should be to come up with a plan that is the perfect blend of professionals and pensiveness so that the interviewer or person making the hiring decision knows that you want the job but aren't ready to start begging as a result.
A lot of what ails your job searching is the fact that you might not be able to put together a thank you note, email or speech of sorts that is well written and gets your point across. It's often hard to be concise with your words, particularly if you badly want the job. If you start coming across as wordy or pandering, that won't help your cause. In essence, less might be more unless you're planning on citing specific points from the interview in the follow up.
If you want to talk about a sales idea that was brought up or your ideas to grow the company, that's perfectly acceptable and shows you're actually paying attention. But use that idea in moderation and don't turn your thank you letter into something that looks more like a report you'd turn in on Monday morning.
It's a natural reaction to go overboard after a job interview, but sometimes splitting the difference between doing nothing at all and overt enthusiasm is the winning formula. Getting the job of your dreams is about being yourself, relying on your skills and experience and being able to follow up after a few days and succinctly say why you're the right candidate for the job.

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