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A Winning Strategy for After the Job Interview

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

You may walk out of the job interview with a sigh of relief. It might feel good to grab a cappuccino or go for a run or crash in front of the TV. But save those thoughts for another time. The most important thing you can do after the job interview is to send your thanks and then prepare for a callback interview.

It's not uncommon for employers to wait weeks or even months after a job interview to select the final candidate. Why does it take so long? Because hiring decisions may require coordinating several factors such as the company budget, inter-office politics, and company reorganization. In some cases it could be a simple matter of a key decision maker being out of the office for vacation or a business trip. If three or more people need to meet and sign off on a hiring decision it could take several weeks, depending on their individual schedules.

Put Your Name In Front of the Employer

The more time it takes for the hiring decision to be made, the greater the chance that your interview will be forgotten. During that time, other job seekers will have come and gone and the employer will have even more candidates to consider. Therefore, the burden rests on you to help bring about a callback for a second interview—especially during these tough times. You can do so by planning a strategy that will keep your name in the front of his or her mind for as long as it takes to make that final decision.

Hold the Employer's Interest

  1. Write a thank you note expressing gratitude for the meeting and your continued interest in the job.

  2. Express your willingness to re-engage in conversation about the job at the employer's convenience.

  3. Include an 'informational gift'––something the interviewer would find interesting, based on what you talked about or on the notes you took. This could be a link to a publication about a topic you discussed, or tips on how to improve an activity or sport the interviewer mentioned.

  4. Sign off with a friendly closing such as 'warm regards' or 'yours with appreciation.'

By adding the small gift you keep your name and personality among those at the top of the hiring manager's list. You affirm your interest in the job but also your interest in the employer as a person. This makes a huge difference. Continue contacting the hiring manager every couple of weeks until the position is filled. When the time comes, you may be the one to fill it.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.