Join J.T. O'Donnell for an in-depth discussion in this video Post-interview techniques that impress recruiters, part of J.T. O'Donnell on Making Recruiters Come to You.
- So once we've made it through the interview, how can we follow up with the recruiter and keep the relationship going? That's a very important part of this process. And I want you to pay close attention to how you follow up with that recruiter, because, I've got to be honest, it could make or break whether or not you get that job offer. So when it comes to the recruiter, keep in mind that while you have this job as your top priority, it's all you can think about, and every day that passes feels like a year when you haven't heard from them. In the recruiters' world a day is like a minute. They've got lots of other jobs they're working on, lots of other candidates that they're recruiting.
And so sometimes it takes the a while to get back to you. And you really need to be patient and understanding. That doesn't mean that you can't take this into your own hands, though, and be proactive. In fact, I'm going to encourage you to follow up one week later. Wait seven full days, and then reach out to that recruiter by email. And what you want to do is send them a nice note, letting them know that you want to see if you can further your candidacy. I might suggest something like this. Dear Recruiter, Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet with you about the XYZ position.
I really enjoyed my time at the company. If there's anything else I can do to further my candidacy, please let me know. Sincerly yours, blank. Also if you want to add a little social currency and really wow the recruiter, I suggest that you research an article on Pulse, on Influence, or on LinkedIn, and find something that you talked about, something of interest. Take that article and include it as a P.S. P.S. I saw this article on LinkedIn and I thought of our conversation. This is going to show the recruiter that you're really thinking already like an employee of the company, and you're very collaborative, to boot.
A great way for you to stand out against the competition. OK, so you sent your follow-up email, which is fantastic, but now I want you to think about what to do next, and that is, be patient. When you're too agressive with the recruiter, it's going to make them uncomfortable. It's also going to make you look desperate, and this is going to make them not want to follow up with you. So you're just going to have to be patient. The other thing, a little bonus tip I want to share with you is to never follow up with a recruiter on a Monday. That may sound crazy, but hey, studies show, the hardest day of the week is that Monday coming back from the weekend.
We joke and call it the Monday morning blues, but the truth is, recruiters have a lot on their plate, and they're trying to organize their week, and getting an email from you asking where you stand in the process might just hit them the wrong way. So it's important that you wait until at least Tuesday before you send out that email, and again, be super-careful with the tone and the word choice in the email, so that you look like you're being supportive and proactive. Stay clear of things like: So, I haven't heard from you in a while, or, Hey, I hadn't heard on the candidacy yet, or, Hey, I wonder what's up with the job.
Anything like that sounds too direct and really, a recruiter is thinking to themselves, who is this person? They're the one that wants the job. If you think about it, you're the business of one marketing your services to that recruiter. It's your job and your responsibility to be patient and to be professional. So really be careful. Think about your word choice. Think about what message you want to send to that recruiter, be respectful and be caring, and you'll make sure that you're delivering the right message.
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