Interview follow-up is mandatory, not optional. Make sure that you send a thank you letter, note, card, or e-mail after an interview to thank the interviewer for his or her time. Following-up is the “golden key” to getting hired. It shows that you are truly interested in the position, have a positive attitude, and can take initiative.
Remind the Interviewers About Who You Are
Recruiters meet with many candidates as part of the recruitment process. They need you to remind them of your candidacy and why you are the best person for the job. The job application process does not stop after you shake hands at the end of the interview. Go the extra mile.
Some Interview Follow-Up Guidelines
Following are some guidelines when writing a thank you note:
- Try to keep your thank you “note” short. If you need to come back on some points you felt were not properly addressed during the interview, do it concisely.
- Be conservative, yet personable. Although you want to remain polite, being “too polite” might create a barrier. Look at the thank you note as a continuation of the interview. How was your rapport with the interviewer(s) when you left the room?
- Thank each interviewer in a separate correspondence and make sure to write something different for each one of them (i.e. don’t write one e-mail to the main recruiter and “cc” the others on that e-mail).
- Don’t wait too long before sending your thank you note. Sending a thank you note the same day or the day after the interview is recommended.
- Put as much attention in writing your thank you note as you did when you wrote your resume and cover letter. You don’t want the recruiter to see a typo this late in the process…
The above tips were meant to serve as general guidelines. How you should follow-up after an interview is up to you. Use your common sense and don’t forget… the race is not over until you’ve crossed the finish line.
Thank you letter samples:
- Sample Thank You Letter of a Publisher
- Thank You Email
- Thank You Letter Template of an Advertising Professional
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