You spotted your dream job at the UCPath Center, spent time crafting a cover letter and perfecting your resume, sent it off to the hiring manager, interviewed for the position and now you are waiting in anticipation for a response.
What are your next steps? Should you follow up via email, or is it time to pick up the phone? According to career, human resources and personal finance website The Balance, time is of the essence. It’s best to send a thank-you note within 24 hours of the interview.
As a tip, use the follow-up opportunity to ask the recruiting team if they need any additional information about your candidacy as well about next steps. The Balance advises to always start the conversation by identifying who you are – use your full name – the position you interviewed for, and when you met for the interview.
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Tom Abt and Joe Araiza from the UCPath Center recruitment team offer their own personal suggestions about how potential candidates should approach this crucial step in the job search process.
Would you advise candidates to send a thank-you note/email after interviewing? Why?
- Abt: Yes, email is fine. That gives the candidate an excellent opportunity to remind everyone of why they should be hired. It’s also best to send a note to each individual that interviewed you. Just be sure it’s an original thank you note for each person (not a cut and paste as people compare).
- Araiza: If you do send a thank-you note, be accurate. There is nothing like ruining a great interview with a thank-you note filled with errors or poor sentence structure. A thank-you note may help a hiring manager remember you, as well as the significant accomplishments you discussed during the interview.
Read our 4 helpful resume tips to get your foot in the door.
If a candidate wants to inquire about the status of their application or results of their interview, how should they check in?
- Abt: The UCPath Center has a dedicated telephone line – (951) 787-5030 – for any questions not answered on the website. Candidates may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be notified of next step(s) by email. When they log into the UCPath Center hiring portal, they will see a status message.
- Araiza: There are also multiple emails sent to candidates to keep candidates updated about their status. If a candidate calls or emails to check their status, the recruiter will go to the same portal the candidate is provided, to ascertain the information requested.
How long should a candidate wait for feedback after an interview?
- Abt: At the end of the interview, it’s a good idea to ask what the appropriate follow up time frame would be. We know that it varies greatly, as we may have six interviews scheduled and they were the first candidate.
- Araiza: It depends. Two weeks is a solid waiting period to hear back for most positions.
Lastly, do you have any tips for job seekers looking to work at the UCPath Center?
- Araiza: Focus your resume on the position you are applying to. If you are applying for a benefits position, then highlight your benefits experience. If you are applying for a payroll position, then highlight your payroll experience.
The time you put into your resume and cover letter can determine the amount of time a recruiter will spend reviewing your job application. When interviewing, it is good to know what we are doing at the UCPath Center. It is also an opportunity to help you decide if the UCPath Center is for you.