If you play your cards just right by following the guidelines suggested in Acing an Interview Vol.1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3, you may end up with a handful of legitimate interviews and job offers regarding your new career in the therapy industry. Now is your time to practice organization and persistence. Following through to the end of the whole interview process is a very important step that should not be overlooked as it is vital to achieving the best outcome.
Want to impress your potential new employer? Send a thank you note post interview. You have probably heard this idea more than once, but how many times have you actually followed through? This is a very simple step to take that will set you apart from other candidates. You will be remembered for your extra effort and it may help your chances of advancing to the next step in the interview process.
Follow up with a phone call if you haven’t heard back from the company within a week or two after the interview. This may sound intimidating, but it shouldn’t. It is perfectly normal and acceptable to follow up in this manner after an interview. If you’re having a hard time thinking of what to say, simply ask for an update on the position, say you just want to let them know that you’re still interested, or if this is the case let them know that you are speaking with other companies but you were hoping for an update on this particular position since it would be your first choice.
Don’t be afraid to call for clarification or ask additional questions after the interview. A good company will be easily accessible to you when you need to contact them. If you aren’t able to get in touch with anyone who can answer your questions, then this may be a red flag. When you follow up with questions, you are doing two things. Number 1- showing the company that you are taking their offer into serious consideration and really looking into the specific details. And number 2- by making that additional point of contact with the recruiter to ask additional questions, you are making yourself present in the front of their minds and thereby being hard to forget. That is a good place to be when a recruiter is trying to determine which candidate to hire.
Remember this, even if you don’t get hired for the job that you were really hoping for, by taking the initiative to send a thank you letter, follow up with a phone call, and/or asking additional questions, you have proven yourself as a responsible individual. You have made a great first impression which goes a long way.
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