Some job hunters worry that if they appear too eager or enthusiastic about getting the job once the interview is over, they'll ruin their chances. So they shakes hands with the employer, offer their appreciation, then leave––and wait, assuming it's the hiring manager's job to contact them if interested.
However, those who take this path often lose out. They miss a golden opportunity to apply the principles of job interview follow-up, which are designed to help the job seeker keep his or her name in front of the employer even weeks following the interview. How do you accomplish this? By paying attention to the needs and desires of the person who spoke with you. Then later you can use this information in your job interview follow-up.
For example, suppose you noticed an interest in travel or football or chess. There might have been some item in the office that illustrated one of these hobbies or pastimes. Whatever it is, make a note of it mentally and then when you leave the office, jot it down so you can refer to it in some concrete way in your thank you note.
This doesn't mean sending a coffee card, candy, money, or any other tangible item. In fact, you'll want to stay clear of such because it might appear that you're attempting to bribe your way into a job. Of course you're not, but avoid anything that might be taken that way. Instead, look for what is often called an 'information gift.' An example would be an article, the title of a book, a web site address, even the name of a magazine or association that focuses on the topic you remember hearing about from the interviewer. That might be a fascination with American history or classical music or wood crafting. You'll find out easily enough if you make a point of listening, commenting on what you see in the office, and any leads the interviewer provides during the warm-up conversation.
One interviewee enjoyed conversing with the employer about the woman's passion for quilting. The job seeker connected with her immediately as she was a quilter too. They talked about their mutual interest while getting acquainted. After the interview was finished the job seeker made a note of this and then for the job interview follow-up she chose an article featuring a pattern for an unusual quilt and tucked it into her handwritten thank you note.
She received a thank you for her thank you! The two women continued to stay in touch until the job was filled. Guess who landed the position? Not every interview leads to employment but many do. Yours could be among them.