We’ve already talked about why you should follow up an interview with a thank you note. Even more importantly though, should you be lucky enough to have one, is following up with your recruiter. You should always follow up with your recruiter immediately after an interview because the information is still fresh in your head. This is why should you call as you walk to your car rather than the comfort of your own home. The follow-up will help you as a candidate, and your recruiter, to get a better grasp on how the interview went from your perspective.
But what will you be talking about? Glad you asked!
Key Points To Cover In Your Follow-up
How , in your own mind, did the interview go?
Make sure you’re specific. Why did it go well, or why did it go poorly? This is important. The recruiter will know from this and how you describe it whether you it was as bad or good as you say.
Who did you meet with?
Get names, titles and hopefully a business card so you can send a thank you note. Not to mention, the recruiter likely knows at least one of the people in the room with you, and can use that to help determine how things went.
How long were you there?
Time is important for a couple reasons. It can gauge employer interest, as well as the need for future interviews.
Was the job the way the recruiter described it?
If yes, then carry on. Your work here is done. If not, explain to the recruiter what was different. Make sure you can site examples. This is important to know for everyone involved.
What do you like most about the opportunity?
Again, make sure you’re ready to cite examples and be specific. This helps the recruiter when following up with the employer.
What questions do you have that you may not have asked in the interview?
Be specific, i.e. ex-benefits, vacation policy, tuition reimbursement, etc. This will help the recruiter in regards to following up with the client, i.e. negotiating the best deal for you.
Do you even want the job?
Seriously, if you don’t like the opportunity after it presents itself, now would be a great time to mention it. But make sure you explain why. That will let the recruiter bargain on your behalf with the interviewer and failing that, help place you somewhere you like better.
Do you believe it’s a good career move or opportunity?
Explain why you do or don’t think so. If you understand for yourself why you do or don’t like it, the decision will be much easier on you.
How do you feel about going to work there?
If an employer interviewed you, they may want to hire you. So be prepared to make a decision.
How was the interview left?
This gives the recruiter valuable ammo to coordinate additional interviews or an offer.
Are you free for more interviews?
It’s quite likely you’ll need more than one interview; will you be available on short notice? Being flexible will speed up the hiring process.
Sure this seems like a lot of things to remember, but it really isn’t. Most of these are questions about how you feel about the opportunity and whether it’ll be right for you. An interview is a two way street. Sure you want employment, but they need you too. Taking on a new workplace is akin to making a trade; you trade time and skill for compensation. Both parties need to feel they are getting their worth if this is to succeed. That’s why we want to know how you feel about so many things; to ensure that we’re making the right match.