A job seekers’ work is not done, simply because an interview is over. Undeniably, it will bring a sigh of relief, as a major hurdle as been crossed. However, an interview – no matter how well it seemed to go – does not guarantee anything. The opportunity to make a positive impression, (or garner additional insights yourself) does not end after the handshake.
Connecting with Your Interviewer After the Interview
You need to make sure your approach is appropriate based on the circumstances and that any additional efforts are properly timed. If you had a positive interview experience, here are a couple of methods for connecting with the interviewer and why you should make the effort.
The Follow-Up Email
Sending a “thank you” email after a job interview is a courtesy that should never be overlooked. It not only gives you a platform for expressing your appreciation, but also enables you to reiterate your interest in the role and highlight why you are an ideal candidate.
Typically, you should always lead off by thanking the interviewer for their time. State that you are very interested in the opportunity and how your skills and experiences make you a strong choice. Provide any additional information that may address areas of concern, such as questions you were not able to fully answer at the time. Finally, thank them again and let them know you look forward to hearing about the results of the interview.
Whether you should connect with an interviewer online is a hotly debated topic. Some believe that it is an overreach. However, if the experience was positive, making that connection gives you the ability to form a lasting relationship.
Even if you don’t get that specific job, if the interviewer believes you have potential, connecting online gives you a mechanism for communicating in the future. If a new position comes available, they will have a method for contacting you directly, which can help you discover new opportunities that may not be publicly advertised.
Additionally, if the experience was positive, it gives you a chance to grow your network. You may be able to learn some valuable tips from the interviewer going forward or form a mutually beneficial relationship based on shared interests. It also gives you another platform to showcase yourself as a talented professional, letting them see why you should be considered in the future.
If you do reach out, make sure to select an appropriate platform. Generally, LinkedIn is the quintessential social media network for professionals, so that is usually the best place to start. If you maintain your Facebook profile for job-related activities, then this may also be an option. However, if the interviewer’s profile is publicly accessible, see if they use it as a professional platform before you make that connection.
Ultimately, connecting with an interviewer can be incredibly beneficial, so take any reasonable opportunity that may arise.
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