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When should you follow-up after a job interview?

when to follow-up after an interview

This topic keeps coming up so I wanted to touch on it again with you.

Just the other day I was working with a client and she asked these questions:

“When should you follow-up after a job interview and how long should you wait before following up after the initial thank you note?”

These days, some companies take several weeks to get back to you. What are you supposed to do? I don’t want to appear to be a “job stalker” yet I want to appear interested and qualified.

Here’s what I told her:

Never feel like you are harassing them, especially when you have their permission (and I’ll get to that in a minute).

I think the best time to follow-up with your interviewer is Tuesday – Thursday around 9:00AM within 2 weeks of your last interview. But that two week number is rather a loose figure and it depends more on their hiring timeline.

I don’t like to follow-up on Monday because it’s the first day of the week and is likely to be hectic. And I don’t suggest follow-up calls on Friday because it’s a casual day and employees like to start thinking about the weekend, not a new hire.

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I like 9:00 AM follow-up phone calls because it’s an hour after they started working and likely to be before any meetings – so you have your best chance to catch them at their desk instead of leaving voice mail.

Ideally, you want to get their permission to call them. You get this by asking them at the close of the interview. I covered this before in more detail, but basically, ask if you can follow-up with them in a week or two.

They always say yes.

Now you have their permission to call or email them without feeling like you are pestering them.

Should you call or email?

Me personally, I like to call – it’s just more personal that way and I have a better chance of carrying on a conversation with them where they get the chance to know me a little better.

The more conversations I have with them – the more likely they are to hire me. Whereas with email, you can send a follow-up, but you might not hear back, or their response is cryptic and you’re no better off than before you sent the email. And now what are you supposed to do, reply back and ask them what they mean?

Following up is critical to your success in landing a job and that is just one of the many topics I cover with my students in Accelerate.

To your success,

How to interview for an internal position

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Even though you may not be interviewing for a job at your existing company, some of these tips are perfectly in line with interviewing for jobs everywhere. It’s a good read either way…

You have a great advantage because you already work there. I would suggest talking about your current accomplishments within the company where you work. Highlight many of the things you have already done and the impact they had on the company. Use numbers to quantify your results.

Most importantly, let them know you have a plan for this new position and tell them how you would approach it. (this is a great tip even if you don’t have an internal interview)

Don’t take anything for granted, like the fact that you already work there and that getting this job will be easy.

Work hard for it. Do your homework and research on the position and present yourself as a unique and genuine candidate who can clearly do this job better than anyone else.

That’s how I was always able to get any job I ever wanted.

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I gave them more than they were looking for and proved to them that I could not only do the job at hand, but could embellish the position in two other ways – making me look like I could do the job of three people all rolled into one.

But the trick here is not to dilute your candidacy. These extra talents you possess need to be closely related to the requirements for the position.

When you do this correctly, you basically knock out everyone else and emerge the only clear choice for the job.

Let me know what you think.

4 ways to brag about yourself in the interview

What are your biggest accomplishments?

It’s okay to brag here, but just a little. Don’t spend too much time with this answer as the interviewer is just looking for a short answer and is interested in what you have done recently. Make sure your answer is related to your career and not your personal life. Don’t give frivolous answers, like: “I fixed the copy machine when it was jammed,” or “I got all my work done in one day; the same day it was due.”

It is essential for you to explain how and why you made these accomplishments.

Watch the video for ideas on how you can prepare yourself for this question.

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How to answer questions about employment gaps

Are you worried about employment gaps?

Are you even more worried what you’ll say to prospective employers about the large gaps on your resume?

I made a short video for you that will give you a few good pointers on how to handle situations like this.

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3 key factors when applying for internal positions

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Even though you may not be interviewing for a job at your existing company, you can use these concepts when interviewing for jobs everywhere. It’s a good read either way…

You have a great advantage because you already work there. I would suggest talking about your current accomplishments within the company where you work. Highlight many of the things you have already done and the impact they had on the company. Use numbers to quantify your results.

Most importantly, let them know you have a plan for this new position and tell them how you would approach it. (this is a great tip even if you don’t have an internal interview)

Don’t take anything for granted, like the fact that you already work there and that getting this job will be easy.

Work hard for it. Do your homework and research on the position and present yourself as a unique and genuine candidate who can clearly do this job better than anyone else.

That’s how I was always able to get any job I ever wanted.

I gave them more than they were looking for and proved to them that I could not only do the job at hand, but could embellish the position in two other ways – making me look like I could do the job of three people all rolled into one.

But the trick here is not to dilute your candidacy. These extra talents you possess need to be closely related to the requirements for the position.

When you do this correctly, you basically knock out everyone else and emerge the only clear choice for the job.

Let me know what you think.

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-Don

What everybody ought to know about job interviews

how to ace interviews

I’m always getting asked by job seekers, “what can I do to really stand out in my interview.”

Here’s three simple things you can do that will make a world of difference on your next interview.

1. Ability to prove worth

It is one thing to call yourself an effective leader or that you’re able to do many things. It is another to back it up. You need to prove to employers you have what it takes or it’s all lip service.

What you need to do is provide real, tangible examples of accomplishments from your past jobs. It’s one thing to say you can do something, and another when you back it up with real life stories from your past.

This is how you can clearly separate yourself from your competition.

2. More than a simple knowledge of the company

Most people take a quick look the company’s website before heading to the interview.

You need to do more than that to stay ahead in this game.

To stand out, you need to show that your research was a mile deep and not an inch deep like most candidates.

You need to go above and beyond in your efforts to show that you understand this company inside and out.

Annual reports and financial statements can help. Likewise, check for any recent news events or press releases. It’s good to look at their:

• Company vision
• Products
• Competitors
• Stock price
• Etc.

But you don’t want to go overboard either. You want to keep your questions someone relevant to the position. For example, if you’re applying for the janitors job, asking questions about their stock price and senior management history might not go over all that well.

3. Enthusiasm

If you’ve taken the time to demonstrate your worth and to do homework on the company, you’re probably in good shape.

So how do you demonstrate enthusiasm?

It’s hard to teach enthusiasm and you can’t fake it. It’s your own level of interest in the company, how excited you are to be there, the expressions on your face, the tone of your voice, your attentiveness – it’s all those things and more all rolled into one.

But I think the root of enthusiasm is the confidence you have in yourself. When you are confident in yourself and what you are doing, enthusiasm shines through.

Once you know what to say and how to say it, that makes all the difference in the world and dramatically raises your chances for getting the job and the Complete Interview Answer Guide will help you do just that.

Enjoy!

Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing To Prepare For Interviews

Getting ready for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience.

However, when you keep your wits about you and prepare diligently for the task at hand, you can use the days leading up to your interview as an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself. Employers are going to spot individuals who are well-prepared from a mile away. Follow these steps and you can be one of the top contenders.

1. The first thing you should do when you land a job interview is learn as much as you can about the position and the company. Memorize the job description so you know exactly what you’re applying for down to the very last detail.

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Go over the job requirements and learn these as well. If there are any preferred qualifications that you don’t have, be prepared with an explanation of why you’ll be able to perform the job well despite this particular setback.

2. Get online and do thorough research into the company. Look at their website, social media sites, and blog. Make sure you’re up to date with any recent developments in the company.

When answering interview questions, its best if you can apply your answers to the specific company in question, rather than providing a generic answer that could apply to any job. Referring to recent news stories that pertain to the industry or the latest developments within the company will make a truly outstanding impression.

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3. Next, you should choose your interview attire. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, so err on the side of formality. Even if the company allows business casual attire, you’ll do best to show up in formal business wear.

If you’re applying for a job where the employees wear jeans and tee shirts, dress up in business casual clothing. Keep your clothing conservative and professional. Get to know the corporate culture and attire expected within the company as well as you can so you’re dressed appropriately.

4. You should also prepare any items that you’ll be taking along with you. If the job requires a portfolio, make sure you double check all your items to ensure that they’re in good shape well ahead of time.

It’s also a good idea to print out an extra resume and bring this with you. Keep these documents in a professional-looking folder, briefcase, or bag. Don’t weigh yourself down with too many things, though. Make sure you still have a free hand for a good hand shake.

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5. Finally, prepare some sample interview questions for yourself and practice answering them. You should expect to address your reasons for leaving your current or last job, reasons for wanting to join the company, and special skills or talents which will make you best-suited to the position.

You will probably be asked about your weaknesses as well. Prepare solid answers to these questions and go over them several times so you have the essence of your responses in mind. Good preparation will go a long way toward helping you land that job. Taking the time to thoroughly prepare for your interview is sure to pay off in the long run.

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Regaining confidence

Brendon Bruchard just sent this video to me and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it with you.

To have confidence:
1. Decide to have it. Make it an intention. You don’t need to achieve anything more, you simply need to decide to feel and generate confidence on a more consistent and conscious basis.
2. Live with integrity for who you are and what you believe. When you are being fully alive and authentic and true to yourself, you feel confident.
3. Get more competent. Go gather more knowledge, skill, and abilities in the areas that you are passionate about and need to perform well in. More competence = more confidence.
4. Get momentum. Take more action. Life isn’t about perfection it’s about progress. The more action you take the more progress you’ll sense and the more confident you’ll feel that you are on path.

5. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. If you don’t have a supportive community, go create one. No excuses. A positive peer set will help you feel more confident.

You can read the full post on Brendon’s blog:

Resume myths you thought you knew

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Your resume gets your foot in the door. It gets you noticed.

Without that clear and concise document you will never earn yourself that interview or your dream job. There are plenty of people that pour tons of their time into refining their resumes and many of these people are following the wrong template.

They believe one of the common myths about a good resume. Do not be one of these people. Familiarize yourself with these common resume myths and save yourself some time and frustration.

The One Page Myth

Monocles are not in fashion anymore and neither are looking glasses. You do not need a microscopic font to deliver all the information you can cram onto one page.

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One page resumes are good if you can write concisely enough, but most people with years of work experience deserve to show their credentials on a few different pages. Do not be afraid to staple a few pages together or print the resume on the front and back of one piece of paper.

The same holds true for people who are trying to communicate too much information. A resume can easily blow up to five or six pages if you let it. Even a kid fresh out of college can type up a seven page resume with some wordy prose.

Let your content dictate how many pages your resume should be and always use a legible font.

Lying or Embellishing is OK

Most companies make resumes permanent even if you get the job. Generally, these documents are not destroyed so they will be around to haunt you later.

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Do not lie on a resume and say you got two bachelor’s degrees instead of one or worked at a different company when you did not.

Your resume could be checked for accuracy and be denied or, worse yet, you could be up for a promotion after being hired when they find your embellishment. This may cause you to lose your job.

You Can Use the Same Resume For Different Companies

If you really want to make an impression you will use a customized resume for each company that you apply for. The people reading your resume will know if your resume is stock and being handed out to all potential employers.

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This will tell them that you are not willing to go the extra mile for that particular company and make you undesirable.

Stand out by being Unusual

Yes, being unusual will set you apart from the pack but that might be a bad thing. Most people think that by being a little strange on their resume they will appear creative.

This is true, to a point. Once you trip that line you will be the strange one and not the creative one. This will see your resume sink to the bottom of the pack. You’ll be less likely to score that interview and that dream job of yours.

Keep the “creativity” to a minimum and stand out with your clean, crisp and well-written resume.

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5 Things every job seeker should know before interviewing

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You’ve been accepted for a job interview and now the real work begins.

Interviewing for a job is an art form. You want to weave a complex tapestry that highlights what you bring to the table while showing off a firm understanding of your position and roll inside the company.

This can be done with well thought out answers to a variety of questions, but first you must answer the simplest of questions. Before you first interview you should sit down and define yourself.
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