The period after an interview can be a bit of a let down. After all the intense preparation and anticipation for the big day, hanging around in limbo-land, waiting for an answer from your recruiter can be very unsettling. The big question, now, is whether you should twiddle your thumbs or do some post-interview follow-up while you wait for them to get back… Here’s what the experts have to say.
A ‘Thank You’ note
While this might not yet be very popular in India, worldwide it is the norm to send a short thank you note to the HR after the interview is over. In fact, according to a 2012 survey of HR managers commissioned by Accountemps, an international specialized staffing service, 91 percent of respondents said that appreciated being thanked by candidates.
Follow up with an email
Whether it is to thank your recruiter after the interview or to enquire about your status after the designated time, an email is the best way to communicate, says eminent Delhi-based career counsellor Jitin Chawla. “An email is the best way to communicate with your prospective employer as it suitably formal and professional. A whatsapp message or a text message is best avoided as you might appear frivolous and over-familiar.” Also while start-ups or ad agencies might seem less strict about this, Public Sector organisations or MNCs would definitely prefer an email. “Two emails with sufficient gap in between them and a final phone call would be about the maximum you should do to follow up after an interview,” says Chawla.
Patience is the name of the game
According to Anil Garg, Founder of the Delhi-based ACD Consultants, showing great impatience and calling up your prospective employers repeatedly if you have not been asked to do so can be counter-productive. “If you have been asked to wait for two weeks, wait for two weeks before you send them an email enquiring about your status. Remember, the recruiting process often takes a lot of time and if you have been interviewed in the first lot of candidates, you might have to wait for a long time for the whole process to get over. Calling them up during this period would be useless and might work against you as well.”
Social media etiquette
Promptly adding your prospective employer on Facebook or Whatsapp soon after the interview is not cute. As Chawla says, social media has not caught up with all organisations and while some flexible ones might be okay with it, most will not. “As fact as social media goes, LinkedIn is preferred over others by recruiters and a well-updated LinkedIn profile with recommendations and referrals by colleagues and past employers can work in your favour.”
Start preparing for the next step
The time after an interview is the best period to start preparing yourself for a second round of interviews that often take place after the preliminary interview. And if you have not got selected, there is no better time than this to see where you went wrong and start gearing up for interviews at other organisations.