Your interview went great, and you want to land the job, so your next steps are crucial. Interview follow-up isn’t a definite, but it can help cement your name in the mind of your interviewer. So when they are reviewing the list of anesthesiology candidates, your name will be top of mind. Here’s what you should do to follow up after your anesthesiology interview.
The key is to appear interested and thorough, without wandering into pest territory. Here’s what you can do to stay on top of interview follow-up:
- Ask about next steps during the interview. Will they call you? Email you? Send you a letter? When will they be making their final candidate selection and extending an offer? Whatever the process, it helps to understand what to expect. So at the end of your interview, when you’re saying thank you and goodbye, ask what comes next.
- See if you can connect on LinkedIn. Before leaving your interview, ask, “Do you mind if I connect with you on LinkedIn, so we can keep in touch?” It never hurts to have several people in your professional network, and it definitely can’t hurt to add your potential boss to your list of contacts. If they agree, send a request to connect right away when you return home.
- Send your follow-up note post haste. Never dawdle in the writing and sending of your thank-you note. To help you along, be sure to get the contact information of everyone who conducts your anesthesiology interview. Then, write follow-up notes as soon as you get home. To speed up the process, the easiest method is to send an email. If you plan to send a letter or card, get it into the mail as soon as you can.
- Call or email. If you don’t hear back within a few weeks (or within the time frame stated during your interview), it can’t hurt to reach out by phone or email. A simple, “Hi, how are you? I interviewed for the [XYZ position] two weeks ago and was wondering if you’ve reached your hiring decision” is plenty of dialogue to open the conversation.
- Keep in touch. If the process seems to be dragging, send an email periodically to touch base. You might reference something you spoke about during your interview and send a link to an article your contact may find interesting. Just something that lets them know you haven’t forgotten about them.
When to move on
If it seems to be clear, or enough time has passed, and you’re fairly certain you didn’t get the job—don’t lose hope or take it personally. It simply wasn’t the right anesthesiology position for you. Just get back out there and continue your job search. The right job is waiting—you just need to find it.
Working with a recruiter can help
Going it alone in your anesthesiology job search can be time-consuming—and it can be difficult to find leads that are the right match for you. But a recruiter can help. KTE Services is an experienced healthcare staffing agency, and we work with anesthesiologists for job placements that meet your career goals. To learn more, check our job search page or contact us today.