Conducting a job search during the holidays is pretty much like doing it at any other time of year, but there are a few differences you should be aware of, differences that will influence how you do your search. These differences are things you might expect at this time of year, with more people being on vacation, and a general slowdown in many areas.
If you have an interview during the holiday season, how should the time of year influence how you follow up and what might you expect? First of all, you should follow up as you normally would.
- Ask what happens next. Where do you go from here? During the holidays, be aware that the next step may take longer, so you need to be flexible. You may want to find out how the holidays will affect the hiring process, and whether the hiring manager may be taking vacation time as well.
- See if you can establish contact through LinkedIn. The purpose of LinkedIn is to bring like-minded professionals together to share information. In this situation, however, it’s best to tie your request to a specific reason, some kind of information that you believe the interviewer may find useful; an article, for example. This way, you can establish a professional relationship that may have benefits down the road, even if you don’t get the job.
- Send a thank you note. As with any interview, you should send a thank-you note to the interviewer within 24 hours. In the note, express your gratitude for having the opportunity to interview at the company.
You can also flesh out any details you thought were lacking during the interview. If there was a question where you thought your response was weak, you can use this opportunity to strengthen your answer.
You should also reiterate your qualifications for the job and how you can add value to the company. You also should ask for the job.
- If you don’t hear from the interviewer, follow up with a phone call and then email. This is where things may vary somewhat from other times of the year. Some career advisors recommend a follow-up call to the hiring manager about one week after the interview, if you have not heard from the person. Then an email each week for no more than two or three weeks after that.
But during the holidays, you may want to wait a little longer before following up because the hiring manager may be busier with other people on vacation, or he or she may be on vacation, as well.
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