You’ve had a great interview and the hiring manager tells you to stay in touch. But what does that mean? There’s a fine line between top of mind awareness and driving the person making the hiring decision crazy. So how do you show your interest without going overboard? Use these tips:
Ask what to do before you head out the door
The best way to ensure that you follow up properly is by asking exactly what you should do before you even leave the interview. This way, the hiring manager can tell you what the next step looks like, and you can feel confident that you’re doing everything necessary to show your interest in the job.
Ask about a LinkedIn connection
While you don’t want to be friending the hiring manager of the company on Facebook, connecting on LinkedIn is an appropriate and professional way to stay in touch. However, before you send the request, ask first to verify that they find this acceptable. If you get the green light, send an invitation and include a short but personal note.
Send a handwritten thank you note
Believe it or not, thank you notes matter. Take a few minutes to write a handwritten thank you note and you’ll stand out from the pack. Don’t be vague or general with the note either; refer to specific points you talked about during your conversation. At the end, remind the person why you’d love to work for their company. Be sure to write with plenty of enthusiasm.
Check in, but not too soon
If a few weeks have passed since you last heard anything, it’s okay to drop the hiring manager an email and see what’s going on. However, don’t call and don’t check in daily. You want to remind them that you exist, but you don’t want to become a pest. An occasional check in is acceptable, but be polite as you do so.