The market is competitive and the best jobs are eagerly sought-after, so it’s important you use all the tricks in the book to give your application the edge. It’s often the little things and/or going the extra distance that can swing things in your favour, particularly if it’s a close call with another applicant. Below are five useful tips for jobseekers who are looking to put themselves, in “pole position” above others:
1 - Send a ‘nice to meet you’ note after the interview
This is a great tactic if there are many applicants in the frame and will help keep you in mind with the employer. Just keep the email short and sweet, along the lines: “I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for your time and it was good to meet you. I enjoyed our discussion and would be interested in taking things to the next stage. I look forward to hearing from you and please contact me if you have any questions in the meantime"
This might feel a little pushy, but it isn’t; it’s positive, proactive and confident – all desirable attributes in any job applicant!
2 - Ask engaging questions about the team and company
Don’t just ask “What are the benefits” or “What’s the progression” – ask about the company and the people. What are the backgrounds of the team? What is the background of the interviewer? Where did the last hire come from? What new clients have been won recently? What are the company’s goals over the next couple of years?
3 - Express interest in the job and company
At the end of the interview, if the job sounds interesting, tell them you want it! No-one has ever failed to get a job because they showed interest
4 - Ask “What happens next?”
This helps you understand their process and timings and if the interview has gone well, this question could also encourage the employer to express their interest to you. If things are looking very good, offer your availability for any further meeting, which could help move things along swiftly for you.
5 – Inject some ‘suspense’
Most interviewers will ask about your other applications and there is no harm in telling them if you are on interview elsewhere. If this is not raised, try to work it into the discussion at the end, perhaps when talking about next stages, but be careful and subtle and always in the context that the interviewer’s opportunity is of particular interest to you. By referring to other applications, it will tell the employer that they also have competition and this can help maintain the momentum in your application.