Interview Over: Now What? Plenty

interview tipsThe interview is over. Now, the long wait begins? Not if you're smart, advises Anne Fisher, career columnist in Fortune.

Currently, the time between your interview for a particular job and when an offer will be made is longer. There are several reasons for that. Employers are more cautious. They also have a larger pool of qualified applicants to choose from. And, maybe, they want to observe who among the applicants follows up most effectively. The new piece added to many job searches is the follow-up phase. Often the candidate who performs best during it, without becoming a pest, will get the offer.

Becoming a pest boils down to contacting the organization too frequently or having third parties contact it too often without adding to information or insight relevant to how you can and will perform the job. That means, sooner than every five or seven days, after the detailed thank you is sent within 24 hours of the interview,

Follow-up tactics can include bringing to the organization's attention any updates that are relevant to how you fit into the organizational culture and highlight how well you could do that particular job. What's relevant depends solely on the attitudes of the powers-that-be in the hiring loop. If what's important to them is your community contacts, then certainly inform them that you have been appointed president or media representative for the board of XYZ non profit. If what's key is your drive, then, yes, let them know about any professional recognition you've received such as awards, lectures delivered, participation on panels, articles published, media coverage, and acceptance of a book proposal.

If your follow up makes an impact, there may be an extension of the interview process. Since you are being taken seriously, begin talking as if you are a member of the team. Use terms like "we." Sketch out what the group, including you of course, could be doing. This is called "assuming the sale." Often it does close the deal, and you are welcomed aboard.

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