Nailing the CFO Interview Part 3: After the Interview
In the final post in this series, Lewis Daidone discusses the importance of conducting the job interview follow-up effectively. Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to financial services firms and tech companies.
You might think that nailing the CFO job interview is the final hurdle of the process. Here’s how you can continue to give your prospective employer a fantastic impression of your abilities right up until your first day at the office.
Send one follow-up email, and make sure it makes an impression.
Do not bombard the CFO with follow-up questions and calls. Send your thank you message 24 hours post-interview, and then back off.
Your message should contain a reference to a subject that was discussed during the interview. If you have a book or article recommendation, make sure to mention it. Also, if you want to follow-up on an interview topic, or if you want to elaborate on something that was said, the thank-you note is a good vehicle for additional information. Just don’t make it overly long. Three paragraphs maximum.
Do not try to connect with the CFO on social media.
After a successful interview, you might be tempted to connect with your interviewer on LinkedIn. Resist this temptation. It might be seen as presumptuous or invasive. (If the CFO requests a connection from you, however, that’s a great sign!)
Keep the details of your interview off of your blog/social media.
Once again, social media can be a job application trip wire. Don’t mention your interview in any respect, and definitely don’t complain about the interview or the company.
If you have other job offers, don’t use them to strong-arm the CFO into making a decision. However, if you decide to go with another company before you are offered the position, make sure you notify the CFO . If the CFO was on the fence regarding your hire, it could reinforce your value since another company is willing to commit to hire you. Also, it may prompt the CFO to stop dragging his feet and make a decision. In either case, if this was your position of first choice it could work to your benefit!