The Importance of Good Follow-up

If you are disabled pre-empt your employer after the interview, by clearing your employers mind of any doubts.

When conducting a job search, good follow-up is just as important as making the initial contact. If you are a person with a disability, it can become even more crucial to develop good follow-up skills and habits to further supplement the information the employer received from you during the interview.

When you sat face-to-face with the interviewer and discussed the job duties and how you would be able to perform them, you probably sparked several questions in his or her mind. Some of these questions may have been asked during the actual interview, but many of them may not have occurred to that person until several days later. That is one reason good follow-up is important.

If you are being considered for a job, it is likely the employer will contact you to ask any residual questions, but you taking the initiative to make the contact can help him or her remember the questions existed and prompt asking. Before leaving the interview, it is often a good idea to inquire about whether or not you will be contacted. It is okay, at this point, you can also ask if you may contact the interviewer. This shows your interest in the job, and your courtesy for making the inquiry.

Once you have left the interview, be sure to write a thank you letter to the person or persons who conducted the interview. This is very important as it shows your appreciation for their time and consideration, and again, shows your initiative.

Make subsequent contact with the employer to inquire about whether or not you will be offered the job. If you do not get the job, ask about any upcoming job opportunities in the company, and how long your cover letter and resume will be kept on file. Also ask about job postings, where they can be found, and how often they are updated. Again, this shows your continuing interest in the company, and can help that person remember you in the future. Most importantly, respect the employer's wishes. If you are asked not to make subsequent inquiries, but are instead instructed to check the web site on a regular basis, do just that. It is common now for companies to ask this of prospects because of the many applications received, and the ease of the Internet and E-Mail.