Take your job-wrangling efforts one step further! You’ve already prepared yourself to deliver a killer interview, so now you’ll want to load your arsenal with appropriate follow-up strategies.
First, check in with your recruiter.
This can benefit you in two ways. First of all, it may be the policy of your staffing firm that your recruiter handles all post-interview follow-up. If that’s the case, you’ll want to at least send a thank-you message (see #1 below) and leave the rest to your recruiter. If your recruiter is OK with you contacting the interviewer, he or she may be able to supply you with the interviewer’s contact information if you didn’t get that during your interview.
Interview follow-up steps for travel healthcare professionals.
Due to the competitive nature of the healthcare industry, you’ll want to take the following steps after your interview to showcase both your personality and your dedication to getting hired.
- Send a thank-you message. Though many interviewees may find this tactic outdated, many interviewers still expect to receive a post-interview thank you. Since your prospective travel healthcare employer is likely states away, you may have had a phone or Internet Skype interview. This can make it difficult to let your personality show through, so a thank-you message gives you an extra chance to let your personality shine! Determine whether you’ll send a card or letter versus an email message based on the type of facility to which you’ve applied. If the facility is more old-fashioned, send a letter or card. If it’s more high-tech, an email may be your best bet.
- Keep your recruiter in the loop. Since he or she will be working very hard on your behalf, always keep your recruiter up-to-date with any follow-up conversations you have with your interviewer after the interview. This gives your recruiter valuable information to use when scheduling future interviews for you.
- Stay on top of things. How did your interviewer leave things at the conclusion of your interview? He or she likely said, “I’ll be in touch over the next few days/weeks/by this Thursday, etc.” If you haven’t heard back within the timeline set by the interviewer, reach out to him or her. This will show that you are a professional who is committed to your career. Always keep your tone positive—never accusatory—even if you feel you have been waiting too long.
- Change the interviewer’s mind. If you feel you didn’t make a good impression during your interview, your follow-up contact is a good time to provide more information about yourself, clarify anything you feel wasn’t well expressed or answer any questions you feel you didn’t answer adequately during your interview.
- Don’t get discouraged. If your follow-up reveals you didn’t get the position, that’s OK. Work with your recruiter for another opportunity. If you can, ask the interviewer why he or she decided on someone else, and supply this information to your recruiter.
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