Your chance to impress a potential employer doesn’t end when you walk out of the interview. There are a number of post-interview steps you can take to make the case that you will be an asset to the company. We asked the experts to share some specific ideas.
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It is critical to understand the size and culture of a company you’re interviewing with. After any interview, the best steps will depend on the firm’s size and culture.
With smaller firms, you have a better chance of making a personal connection or impression upon the hiring manager, and that connection will matter more!
Always follow up with a polite email if you are able. Start preparing for that note in the interview itself – notice personal details and make a personal impression if you can, not just a professional one.
This is particularly important if you’re a candidate for a position such as a sales post where building personal connection is a key qualification. Notice sports teams, personal photos, an alma-mater or office decor. If you have an opportunity, make small talk about it. Build some memorable connection with the person.
If you do this right, the hiring manager has had an enjoyable time talking to you in the midst of a day otherwise filled with tedious work. I don’t like to admit it, but with years in hiring, I can tell you a bit of personal connection in a busy day of interviews can matter. And it’s memorable. It shows somebody with high emotional intelligence and an enjoyable presence. Especially at small firms this matters! If you’re hired, we will be spending 40+ hours per week working alongside you. Make the hiring manager or committee think that will be a pleasant experience!
If you do this well, you want to touch back to this personal connection when you write your post-interview follow-up note. This can be as simple as a pleasant reference in your concluding sentence expressing your enjoyment at the conversation or connection you had. Remind them that it was a pleasant and enjoyable interview!