You’ve just finished a phone interview with an employer. Although you’re feeling positive about the interview, the employer said they would only be in touch if you made the final cut. Feels like a slap in the face, right?
If you find yourself in this situation, it’s easy to jump to conclusions, or think the worst. But don’t give up hope just yet!
Just like it is up to you to get noticed by employers to begin with, its your job to keep them interested after the interview. Here are five ways to stay top-of-mind with the recruiter:
1. Gauge the Recruiter’s Attitude
Paying close attention to how you receive feedback from the employer is an indicator of whether you should keep in touch, and how. If the interviewer or hiring manager seems friendly and is timely with your follow up emails and calls, this could indicate you have the opportunity to continue your relationship. If not, it may be best to focus on other people in the company…
2. Float Around The Chain of Command
Let’s say your initial contact with the employer was through human resources. This is a great way to get your foot in the door, but it doesn’t get you to the people who make the final hiring decision.
Consider reaching out to professionals who work in the department you’re trying to land a job with. Connect with them on LinkedIn or email them with questions you have about the position and learn more about the company. If you make a good impression, this is a great way to move your name to the top of the list of candidates to consider.
3. Inquire About Other Opportunities
Take initiative to follow up with the interviewer and establish a connection. Even if the employer cannot offer you a job now, ask them to keep you updated about future job opportunities. After all, a good interview is yet another networking opportunity. Make a good first impression, and the recruiter is bound to keep you in mind as a potential employee.
4. Read Between the Lines
Once the interview is over, take notes of the positive and negative feedback you received from the interviewer. For example, the employer said you’d be a stronger candidate if you had at least one year of experience. Instead of ignoring the interviewer’s feedback, show your eagerness to learn and interest in the company by inquiring about an internship or perhaps more junior opportunities at the company.
5. Keep Employers Informed
For those recruiters who show genuine interest in your career, keep employers informed about your job search. This is especially important if they gave you serious consideration for the position you initially interviewed for. Keeping the recruiter aware of your progress shows employers your continued interest in the position, while also creating a sense of urgency; it says, “if we want this person, we better move quickly.”
Employers pay attention to job seekers who put in extra effort to maintain a relationship after the interview. As you continue to keep employers interested in your application, remember to be professional, friendly, and considerate of their time.
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert and founder & president of Come Recommended, a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals. Follow her on Twitter at @heatherhuhman.