Many candidates believe that getting through the job interview is the most important part of the application process. However, the way a candidate follows up after the interview is just as important.
Even if you made a great impression with the hiring manager, on the phone or in-person, you have to maintain your interest and professionalism. There are big, yet avoidable, errors that job seekers often make after an interview. Below are a handful of the most common post-interview mistakes that you should try to avoid at all costs.
Too many follow-up attempts
While you ought to follow up after an interview, especially if you don’t get a timely response, don’t overwhelm the hiring manager and others with numerous messages and phone calls. If you reach out too frequently, you could come off as needy and ruin your odds of getting the job.
At the end of the interview, ask the hiring manager about a timeline moving forward and when it would be best to reach out if you don’t hear anything. If you don’t get a solid timeline, the timing of your follow-ups ought to be based on where you are the process. In most cases, the earlier you are in the process, the better it is to reach out quickly. For instance, allow for five to seven days after an initial phone interview, and seven to 10 days following a final in-person interview.
Getting too familiar
If you do well in an interview and even hit it off with the hiring manager, you should maintain appropriate professionalism throughout the entire hiring process. If you get the job, there will be plenty of time to make a new friend.
Some people want to establish a comfortable rapport early on to help ease some nervousness. However, this could come across as inappropriate to your interviewer. It’s okay to be polite, but you should never be casual.
This policy should also apply to social media. While social media is quite useful for marketing your achievements or establishing your professional brand, it’s not good for interacting with an interviewer. One avoidable error is sending a LinkedIn connection request to someone your met in the course of the interview process. This request might appear too presumptuous and be a turnoff to the hiring manager.
Wavering salary expectations
Hiring managers conduct their initial screening of applications based on compensation expectations. If the pay range for the position is in the job description or the initial exchanges you have with an employer, changing your salary expectations midway through the process will throw the hiring manager for a loop. They may find it so off-putting that they move to a different candidate.
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