Congratulations— Your job interview is over! You made it through the entire session without missing a beat, and now you can relax and turn your attention to the next item on your to-do list for the day. But before you check off this job search milestone and move on, keep in mind that your follow-up behavior can mean the difference between landing and losing a job offer. What you say during your session matters, but what you do immediately afterward matters just as much. Here are some follow up guidelines that can keep you on track.
Finish this task before you change clothes.
Chances are, you don’t plan to wear your interview attire for the rest of the day; we all need to get back to work or your usual routine, and in your case this may require a change of shoes at the very least. So before you get comfortable, reach for a pad of stationary or a small card with nothing written on the inside. Write a hand written message to your interviewer to thank them for the session and reiterate your interest in the job. Then sign it, seal it, and put it in the mail. Simple.
Send an email.
You probably won’t hear from your interviewer before the end of the day (if you do, and the news is positive, that’s a great sign that you’re on your way to an offer.) Most employers schedule interviews over a period of one to two weeks, so allow your employer some time to meet with other candidates before you press for a response. If a few days go by and you don’t receive and update, send a short, polite email to remind them of your interest and reiterate your appreciation for the opportunity to interview.
Be ready for anything.
While staffing open positions, some manufacturing employers move slowly, some move quickly, and most move at an unpredictable speed. You may wait by the phone in silence for a week or more, then suddenly be asked to appear within 24 hours for a second interview. Be ready to demonstrate as much flexibility as possible.
Be persistent and polite.
If your employers provide a decision timeline (as in, “We will let you know within two weeks”) don’t follow up or apply pressure before the two weeks have elapsed. As soon as the timeline has expired, pick up the phone and politely follow up.
Don’t get impatient.
Most manufacturing positions require a steady hand. When employees are working with heavy machinery, warehouse equipment, or complex machining software, they need to be reliable and centered. Employers in this industry view temperamental or aggressive behavior as a red flag, so when you call or email to follow up, don’t push for an answer that simply isn’t available yet. Keep your cool.
For more on how to ace your interview and land your target job in the manufacturing sector, reach out to the Little Rock staffing team at CSS.