Are You Following-Up or Stalking?

There is a fine line between appropriately following up and stalking. There are actions you can take that will prevent the need for you to become a stalker.

A job interview is a competition between you and the other candidates who are being interviewed for the exact same position. You must do all you can during an interview to influence the interviewer so they begin to envision you in the position. Your work is not done once you have completed your job interview.

This is a competitive job market and often the interviewer has scheduled several interviews over a few days. If you want to obtain the offer you can’t just wait to be called by the employer.

APPROPRIATE FOLLOW UP vs. STALKING DO’S

1. Ask the interviewer for the target date to fill the position

2. Be proactive and consider your follow up process as a strategic step in your job search process

3. Ask for business cards so you have the correct spelling of names and correct titles

4. Write individual thank you notes to every person involved in the interview process, including the receptionist who greeted you when you arrived.

5. If you have multiple interviews with the same person, send thank you notes after each interview

6. In your thank you notes state your high level of interest in the position and their company as well as the confidence you have in your ability to do the job

7. Show appreciation for the hiring authorities’ time and interest in you reminding them of specific topics discussed during the interview

8. If you have provided references during your interview, personally call your references and discuss the specific opportunity you have interviewed for so they know what skills to highlight when providing your references

9. Remain calm and positive – often decisions are delayed due to other priorities

DON’TS

1. Corresponding only by email, vs. all means of communication

2. Spelling or grammar errors

3. Stopping your job search process waiting for an offer vs. keep interviewing

4. Taking rejection personally, if not hired

5. Don’t show any negativity or disgust if you are not hired. You never know when a new even better opportunity will become available. Implement these ideas and your follow up process will greatly improve your chances of obtaining a job offer.

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  • Ms. Ross was great!

    First and foremost, I want to thank Carla Ross for helping me get the opportunity I was looking for. I was looking for a good job back in my home town and she definitely delivered. She was so nice and professional, and she made the process so fast and easy. I also love the fact she checked on me after I got hired.   Shareef Phillips Ms. Ross was great!
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    From to the first time we spoke, he knew the right questions to ask to help me refine my presentation.  He kept me informed every step of the way of my interview process and followed up after my employment started.  He deserves all my thanks.
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    David is super professional and really took a lot of time to talk with me, get to know what my needs are and match me with the best possible position. I always received speedy replies to any questions I had, and he was always accessible and accommodating to me throughout the process. I highly recommend working with this group for your needs, and would happily work with them in the future should I ever look for new opportunities. Thank you, Johnny Morgan Working with David at Patrice and Associates was an excellent experience!
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    Throughout the process, she was able to get and keep me prepared and ready to answer any questions or curveballs that came my way.  I was better prepared during this interview process than I have ever been before.  A normally stressful process was made less so thanks to Margo.  She was the one that initially brought the opportunity to my attention and was there every step of the way to ensure I was successful.
    Thank you,
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    Margo was fantastic!
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    At first when I received the email I was uncertain that this would work. Upon talking to Michelle I discovered that not only was she really nice, but also quite resourceful. I started the process on a Tuesday and literally one week later I was offered a job on the spot, thanks to all of her assistance. We talked and I was able to be open with her.  She was able to put me in the mindset of my now area manager to go over what to say and do, and what to leave out during the interview. We went over resumes and she showed me how to improve mine so that I stood out. Overall if I ever had to do this again I would gladly work with Michelle but I’m secure in my career path.  Thanks again to Patrice and Associates, and Michelle! Keyona Ellis