Job interview follow up is as equally as important that proper preparation.
One of the key things we can learn from the Bible is that God always evaluate everything He does, to see if it is according to the plan.
In the book of Genesis, after each day of creation, God took a step back and evaluated what He had just made. And He rated every day as good, except the sixth day which He rated as VERY GOOD. Incidently, that was the day He created man, who was designed to manage His creation for Him.
In the following verses, we can see Jesus doing the same thing while healing a blind man.
Mar 8:22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.
Mar 8:23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
Mar 8:24 And he looked up and said, "I see men like trees, walking."
Mar 8:25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
He didn’t assume anything. He made his evaluation by asking the blind man if he did see anything. Then, He took some corrective actions.
Similarly, after the job interview, it is critical that you evaluate your performance.
Did you have good rapport with the interviewer?
Did you demonstrate good knowledge about the company and a good understanding of what is required by the position?
Did you show your motivation to get the job?
Did you get to know more about the corporate culture?
From the interview, what are the possible concerns in the hiring manager’s mind about your candidature? (If the interviewer insists on some particular topics, that should give you a hint. Or maybe, he or she will say something like “on reading your resume, I had some questions about…”)
Did you forget to ask some key questions? (For example, you shouldn’t leave the interview without a clear idea about the hiring process: what would be the next steps? Will there be any subsequent interviews? How many of them? When should you expect feedback from the company?)
After the fact, do you think of additional strengths you possess that could give you a competitive advantage over the other candidates?
A good job interview follow up will help you write a compelling thank you letter where you can correct whatever was not optimal during the interview.