10 strategies to boost your candidacy after interview

By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
The interview might be over, but you still have great chances of getting the job.
Here are 10 things you should after interview:
1.      Show the interviewer you have the relevant skills
Always leave an unforgettable impression
in the minds and hearts of the interviewer. Use every tactics that is not dubious to show you really want to contribute your quota towards the integral development of the company.
 At the end of the interview, you can say something like this: ‘please I would really be happy to contribute my time, talents and skills to this company and I am hoping to make your list of successful candidates’
Also, show more enthusiasm for the job by asking the interviewer few questions like:
·         Would selected applicants be invited for further interviews?
·         If so, would they meet other people or this set of people?
·         By what date would they fix another interview?
·         When is the company expecting to fill the position?
As I said earlier, these questions show you are deeply interested in the job. It will also help you to know your hiring manager’s state of mind based on your performance as well as their timeframe.
2.      Get in touch with the interviewer or hiring manager
After the interview, don’t just get up from your sit and head home without asking your interviewer or hiring manager their preferred method of getting in touch.

You will really make a great impression and land your dream job with the company by asking the recruiter the best possible way to follow-up communication.

 Some may like to give you their mobile contacts, e-mails or even give you a date to check back. I don’t also negate the fact that some may not give you their contacts- instead they may collect your number and promise to call you back, while some may not give you their contact or even promise to call you.

 Well, the most important thing is that you have shown concern and further enthusiasm for the job.

3.      Be punctual
Be careful whatever you say would be used for or against you. For example, if you tell the hiring manager or interviewer that you would send a list of references in 2 days’ time.
Make sure you keep to your word. Keeping to your word goes a long way to show the kind of employee you would be.
4.      Follow the interviewer’s specification
If the hiring manager or interviewer tells you to call back via phone in a 5 days’ time, kindly respect their wishes.

Calling few hours or day after can be described as being desperate or pushy- that can really put them off.

5.      Send a thank-you message
If the interviewer gives you their contacts. It is recommended that you send a prompt thank-you message within the next 24 hours. You can also follow it up with a hand-written message that would arrive in their office within 2-3 business days. All these are diplomatic way of reminding them you are really interested in the job.

6.      Send a powerful follow-up letter to each interviewer
In the said letter, feel free to introduce your accomplishments and achievements that weren’t discussed during the interview.

 You can also elaborate on some of the answers you felt you didn’t answer correctly or questions you felt lacked some vital points.

7.      Act like a consultant, not just an applicant

This is one of the effective ways of following up. In this way, you are acting more like a consultant, not just an applicant. If you are bright enough, you will learn about a company’s striking weakness or one or two areas where the company wants to expand.

During the follow-up letter, create a compelling proposal that will address one of these weaknesses- this will demonstrate that you have the skills, zeal and technical-know-how to make a significant contribution to the firm.

8.      Get ready for additional interviews
After the first interview, don’t go to your house and sit down, instead be ready for follow-up phone calls or additional interviews. That is why you should keep on researching about the position you are applying and the company- because during the course of additional interviews, most challenging questions would come up.

Your response to these more questions, will convince the hirer that you didn’t stop thinking and caring for their organization when the first interview was over.

9.      Keep networking outside resources
If you know anyone who might influence the hiring manager, ask them to say something good about you to the interviewer- this might pay at the end of the day.
10.   Accept rejection with boldness
When you have done everything within your power, yet someone else get hired, don’t get depressed. You may never know what the future holds for you. The accepted candidate may not satisfy the interviewer after some time or a better position may pop up soonest.

However, if you are rejected, the best thing you should do is to send a thank-you message to the company. Believe me; this will distinguish you from other rejected applicants. It will put you on a positive light, and the hirer may start to think of how to incorporate you into the company. Even if they didn’t hire you immediately or they didn’t hire you at all.

They may recommend your services to someone else because they are seeing you as a positive light.