Is It Okay To Send A Follow Up Email After A Job Interview?

You just had a job interview with an employer and you’re feeling quite confident. Or maybe you’re freaking out, carefully considering whether or not you performed well and what you could have said differently.

Frustrated You Didn’t Hear From Back From an Employer? You’re Not Alone.

It’s a waiting game. You need to let the interview process proceed and finish. Once they have interviewed all shortlisted candidates (and let’s face it, who knows how many people they actually interviewed) then they will discuss and make a decision about who gets the job.

The problem with the whole job interview process is that you never really get to know what the employer is going to ask you and what they’re specifically looking for.

How long can it take to secure an interview?

But you may be wondering whether or not it’s okay to send a follow up email to the interviewer thanking them for their time.

Well, for many, there are mixed views on this.

I think it’s okay, but only if your email is super short and straight to the point.

Something like this:

Hi, Just a quick note to say thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed by you. Whatever the outcome may be, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

So something short and sweet. No pressure whatsoever on the employer to make a decision sooner or in any way influence their decision-making. At the end of the day, you want the employer to hire you because they want you not because they felt compelled or pressured.

I believe it’s a good idea to send a follow-up email because it shows that you’re keen and enthusiastic about the job. A genuine, heart-felt show of interest can go a long way to making a difference. And of all the candidates that they may have hired, if there is any slight confusion as to hiring you over someone else, a simple email might just be the trick to push you over the edge to a yes to hiring you.

The best thing anyone can do is work on their interviewing technique. Learn about the art of the interview by receiving one-on-one interview coaching with an experienced coach will guide you and provide you with feedback. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer this service and they do a great job at it.

5 Ways To Write Winning Responses To Selection Criteria

Not everyone likes to have to address a set of key selection criteria for a particular role. And, for good reason. It’s time consuming.

Furthermore, many find it hard to write about themself.

Below are my top 5 suggestions that you can use to write winning responses to selection criteria:

  1. Actually address the criteria. Don’t write about anything unrelated to what the criterion is asking for you to explain or demonstrate. Don’t go off-track.
  2. Incorporate real-working examples into every selection criteria as best you can. If you are unsure of how many examples to include, read this article on deciding how many examples to use.
  3. Don’t waffle on. Get to the point.
  4. Have a clear and logical structure to every response.

To summarise, it is vital that your responses tie your experience and skills back to the position, incorporating relevant examples.

If however, you do find yourself stuck and you need help, the team at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions are the go-to people when it comes to asking for help with addressing selection criteria. As selection criteria writing service, they are experts in writing for all industries and professionals, including executive and government roles.

When You Don’t Have An Example To Use In Addressing Selection Criteria

You’ve come across a position that you’re quite interested in, and they ask you to address a set of key selection criteria. That’s all good and well. But there’s just one problem. You don’t have enough relevant working examples to demonstrate your competence in meeting some or all of the criteria.

So, faced with this dilemma, what can you do?

My suggestion is to use an imaginative situation, a “what-if” scenario to show what you would do should that situation arise.

Or, you could highlight your skills and knowledge, and instead of using an example, talk about your familiarity with the criterion.

Frustrated You Didn’t Hear From Back From an Employer? You’re Not Alone.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutionsan Australian-based professional job seeker services firm, recently published an article entitled:

“Why Employers Don’t Always Respond To Unsuccessful Job Applications?”.

A good question to ask indeed.

If you’re frustrated that you didn’t hear back from an employer after submitting a job application, you’re not alone.

More often than not, job seekers receive a response back from an employer saying that they were unsuccessful and wish them all the best, or they don’t hear back at all. Or, it’s just one of those cold replies that are worse than not hearing back anything at all:

You were not successful, thank you.

The article makes a good point. Employers can receive anywhere up to a thousand applicants for a single position. So you can imagine how time-consuming it would be to provide personalised responses to each and every unsuccessful applicant.

Sure, you take the time to prepare your application and tailor your resume and cover letter, only to be unsuccessful.

I have written in the past on coping strategies for dealing with job rejections, as well as an article entitled: How long can it take to secure an interview?

The article also makes the point to stay focused and keep applying. Not letting one or ten job applications let you down or demotivate you.

Practical Suggestions To Work More Effectively From Home

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions, an Australian-based, online employment services business recently published a great article entitled “How To Deal With Challenges Around Working From Home” published today, the 29th April 2020.

Many professionals are finding themselves working from home due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen many households turn into functioning home offices.

In the article, it offers five practical suggestions to enable individuals to be their most productive while working from home. We all know how many distractions there are at home, and not everyone has the luxury of having a dedicate room for a home office.

I have summarised the suggestions below:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. So effective to rest properly every night.
  2. Get organised. Plan for what you’re going to do each day.
  3. Ask people in your household to respect your need to focus while working.
  4. Get set up with everything you need to be productive. Computer, check. Monitor, check. Keyboard, check. Etc.
  5. Most distracting items away from your line of sight. Possibly in another room.

When I think of working from home, I do think of people who mainly work on a computer, or do drafting/architecture work. We’re all performance managed, and since an employer cannot see exactly what you are doing every minute or hour of the day, it does making things that little more complicated, especially if your not performing. For help on dealing with performance management, please read this other interesting post by Client Centric by clicking here.

A recovering Queensland state: Being hopeful for an economy to bounce back with jobs growth.

I read an interesting article by the Gold Coast Bulletin entitled: Debt, savings to help Qld economy recover’ written by Robyn Wuth from the Australian Associated Press.

In the article, it mentions how Treasurer Jackie Trad commented that the economic shock from the Covid-19 virus is nothing like they have seen before. The article also mentions how around 166,000 people have already shown interest in the JobKeeper program, a staggering amount of people. The article also says that around 20,000 businesses have been affected.

With so many people out of work with businesses struggling, is now a good time to start preparing for employment post-Codid-19? That’s a personal decision. But, if you live in the Gold Coast and feel that now is the right time, then equip yourself with the best tools for the job to apply for work. A new, professionally written and tailored resume and cover letter written by the Gold Coast employment professionals, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. They offer a resume and cover letter writing service in the Gold Coast to help support struggling job seekers attain gainful employment faster.

And if your new to the workforce, most jobs these days ask for candidates to address a set of key selection criteria as part of their application. As expert selection criteria writers in the Gold Coast, Client Centric have the expertise and experience to write winning responses for you.

Keep your head held high and apply with confidence. Client Centric’s motto is “For when you want that job” and how true it is. The team at Client Centric has a wealth of experience serving clients all over the sunshine state. They help clients from all different professions and trades increase their chances to secure the job that they want. What a wonderful service indeed!

Finding work is stressful, it really is. Having to write about oneself is even harder! So why not leave that to the professionals who know what they’re doing. They’ll turn any bland resume into something truly remarkable. Click here to get in contact with Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions.

How to prepare for entering the difficult job market in Canberra.

Most will agree that the jobs market in Canberra is tough. You could be pondering on what you can do to prepare for entering the workforce or even make a career change.

I suggest that you start by searching for what jobs are currently available and what future jobs will be available. A great article to read on job hunting is Effective job hunting is about making tailored job applications that match the vacancy and employer.

Updating your resume is the first step. A great idea is having more than one CV tailored for different roles that you want to apply for, as this opens up your options to suitable employment. You can write a CV and cover letter yourself. Or seek assistance from a professional resume and cover letter writer from Canberra, who will create for you job application documents that work to highlight the best that you have to offer a prospective employer.

When searching for jobs that you want to apply for, you may discover roles that require selection criteria to be addressed. Please don’t ignore them! Most roles in Government will include selection criteria as part of the application process. You can address them yourself, or get help from the Canberra selection criteria writers at Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions. This Australian business has the expertise to write successful responses to any criterion, for any industry.

Reaching the interview stage is a great win and worth the battle to achieve. When you’re sitting in front of the employer for an interview, you know they liked your application, which can mean you have a high chance of securing the position. Which makes it crucial that you get the interview right. You have the option of finessing your interview technique by receiving interview coaching by an experienced coach in Canberra, Australia who will guide and teach you to build up confidence. Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offer this service, and from client reviews, are very good at doing so.

Don’t ever to give up, stay focused and in control. For my insight on staying focused, please feel free to read this article How to stay motivated and positive despite setbacks in securing work, by Matthew Coppola.