You don’t have to be career guru to know that texting and job interviews usually come under headlines like “Worst Job
Interview Ever” or “Career Disasters”.
However, texting is evolving in the professional world and there are a few ways that it could be an important tool for job hunters. While you should never look at or respond to a text during an interview (that’s rude in any conversation), there are a few ways that texting could help shore up a good relationship and land the job:
Context is Everything
You need to read a situation carefully. Sending someone a text is a whole other level of personal interaction. Recognize that and proceed carefully.
Are They Texting?
If your potential boss is texting before, during, and after your meeting, that tells you something. He or she like this form of communication.
What Are They Texting On?
Texting isn’t what it used to be since the invasion of smart phones. Our mini-laptops make writing and reading complete sentences more than a little possible. But what does the interviewer use? A Droid or a Flip phone from 20 years ago?
What Should You Text?
A follow-up email or even hand written note is always required. But why text? Often weblinks, videos, or images come up as references points in an interview. A quick text with a link may be a great way to get your work seen immediately: “Here’s a link to that video we spoke about today…”
Why Not Play It Safe?
Caution is good, but this form of communication could easily be a deciding factor in landing a job. Sending a link by text is more likely to get clicked on more quickly than within an email which could be blocked as spam or simply not read.
“I’d really like you to see a video from an event I worked on. Is it OK if I just text you the link?” That takes all the mystery out of it. Remember, texting keeps you top of mind. If you ask permission, your potential employer is more likely opt into that relationship. If not, send it by email.
Use Some Common Sense
Don’t abuse the relationship by over-texting or pleading for replies. Use a text to send information and let it be.
There are plenty of taboos about texting. “Thnx 4 a GR8T Intrvw” is probably not going to land you that next big job. And neither is texting your buddies about drink later during the interview. But a link to a website, video, or image referenced during the interview can be a savvy use of technology that set you apart from everyone else.