Staffing Solutions Inc. newsletter
June 2013 No. 177
Don’t just ACE the interview...Seal the deal with the follow-up letter! FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK
I wish I had kept track of how many of our applicants were selected for a position due to a powerful postinterview thank you note. Don’t just write the usual — set yourself apart and think about this—and you will be the winner! ~ Bonny Filandrinos
SSInc Presents… Workplace Wisdom
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So you thought you “aced” the interview? You’re still not “done”! Invest some time and thought into an awesome thank you note—and improve your odds of getting the offer! There are a few key ingredients in any follow-up letter. Here are some tips: Be sure to get the interviewer’s email address when you’re at the interview. This can be easy to forget, but you’ll want the address so you can follow up later. Many interviewers offer their email address to candidates, but if not, ask for it. Send it promptly. Ideally, send the note no later than the next day—don’t delay! You’ll want to send it while you’re still fresh in the interviewer’s mind, and you’ll want to send it soon enough that a final hiring decision hasn’t yet been made. Things might happen quickly, so don’t put it off. Also, hiring managers read “excitement” when you follow up quickly! Keep it short. When you sit down to write your follow-up email, keep it short and to the point. If it’s more than about three paragraphs, it won’t get read! Have someone in the know (like us) read and proofread before you hit send. What sounds great to you may not be so great after all. Thank everyone. Send a separate thank you to everyone you met—and especially the hiring manager—for the time they spent talking to you. Remind them who you are. Take the opportunity to insert some personality in the message. If you can, find a way to remind the hiring manager who you are by referring to some memorable event, conversation, or anecdote from the interview. That will help an overworked manager connect your follow-up (and related resume) to the real person he or she met. Drive home your key qualifications. The hiring manager might have interviewed anywhere from one or two other people to a dozen for this role, so it’s helpful to restate what you believe to be your most compelling skills and qualifications for the role. Provide follow-up information. Did someone ask you something that you didn’t have a great answer for? Did you discuss a project that you wish you could have shared in the meeting? This is your chance to deliver additional information to help make your case and to show you can follow through. Ask about next steps. Without appearing “pushy”, ask the hiring manager what to expect next and, in the process, emphasize that you are ready to help if he or she needs anything else. Then wait—and if there is no reply or follow-up, it is ok to send another follow-up in a week. If you get no feedback after a week, contact the individual in the organization who first scheduled your interview for a follow-up.
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