Looking for a job or switching one can be a real test of patience. It is quite possible even though you meet all the requirements or criteria for a particular position, you fail to receive a call to schedule an interview. In some cases, the interview goes great but your job offer is kept on hold for certain reasons you are unaware of.

I would like to share some advice on how to effectively communicate before and after a job interview.

Follow- up before the interview

In situations where you are submitting your resume through channels other than personal job leads or referrals you are less likely to receive a yes/no response or feedback specific to your resume immediately. So, there is no option but to wait. Be patient! Recruiters receive a high volume of applications. Ideally, wait for a few weeks before sending an email to check the status of your application. Expressing your interest in the position is absolutely appropriate but remember there is a fine balance. You want to show your interest but yet not come across as you are getting desperate. You will not improve your chances for an interview by bombarding the hiring manager with telephone calls, voicemail messages, emails, Facebook messages and other methods of communication. Your time might be better spent focusing your efforts on generating personal leads and building your network of contacts.

Steps to take after the interview

Take the time to follow up with everyone you meet with, make the task easier by collecting business cards to get contact information. You make a favorable impression by sending a personal email after both in person and phone interviews. An email is the fastest way to say thank you but a handwritten note can set you apart from other candidates. A handwritten note is powerful because very few people send them anymore. Use a simple, relatively formal style of card. Save the cards with closeups of flowers or cute animals for family and friends. I recommend sending your note within 24 hours of the interview. Your notes shouldn't read as though they could be reproduced for every interview. This is a great opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job and the company, highlight your relevant skills as well as mention anything you wished you had said but didn't in the interview. Lastly, proofread your email and notes before you send them.

What if you are denied a job?

Even if you are denied a job, don't give up! Use it as an opportunity to seek further feedback. Do not make a mistake of burning your bridges by venting your frustrations. You never know, one of the first choice candidates may decline the offer and you may still be a contender.

Don't make the mistake of not following up. You may think any follow up effort is a waste of time. That's not the case. When you walk into an interview there is a good chance the hiring manager doesn't know if you are the right person for the job and may still be unsure after the interview. That means, your follow up communication can make the difference.