Next steps following an FM interview
Did you know that what you do after an interview could impact on whether you get the job? If you’ve ever wondered whether you should follow up on an interview with an email or call, then you may be interested in making the most of the post-interview period.
If you want to reinforce the professional impression you gave at your interview or to elevate your chances of success by keeping your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind, these are the steps you need to take for the best chance of success.
Ask for contact information
When you’re job hunting in FM and you land that interview, don’t leave without asking for contact information and next steps. Ask how long it typically takes for the company to make a decision, or whether there’ll be a second interview.
Assess your performance
This is critical to help in future interviews. Write up how the interview went, including how you answered the questions, the things you wish you’d said, and important names, insights and questions. This will help you improve your performance in future and mean that you’re well prepared for that second interview.
Send a note soon after the interview
Sending a thank-you note within 24 hours of your interview should be top of your to-do list. It may be more appropriate to send a handwritten note. If not, send an email and take the opportunity to add a link to something relevant or current in facilities management. Make it relevant to the content of your interview so it adds value to your thanks.
Send supporting documents
If you’ve been asked to submit supporting documents, make sure you do it as soon as possible. Whether you need to submit consent forms, references or a written assessment, sending your documentation in a timely manner is another top priority.
Contact your references
It’s good practice to let your professional references know that you’ve been for an interview and that they may be contacted. In fact, you should only submit references if you have that person’s consent.
Connect on social media
If you use sites like LinkedIn, try connecting with your interviewer post-interview. If they accept your request it could be a signal that they’re interested in hearing more from you. Even if this turns out not to be the right FM position for you and you end up working for a different company, it’s a useful way to expand your personal network. That in turn means you’ll be ideally placed to make the most of future FM opportunities.
Use your waiting time wisely
While you’re waiting to hear back about the results of your interview, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of future success. Brush up on new skills to add to your CV or make connections with people you may know working for the hiring company who can give you some valuable insights. Stay calm, and follow up as per the hirer’s instructions. For example, if they ask for an email follow up within the week, don’t call two weeks later.
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