The right follow up after a job interview can make or break your chances of getting the job offer. Here’s what to do:
Send a Thank You Email – Fast
Should you hand-write a thank you note and mail it? No. That handwritten touch used to be important, but life moves faster these days. Hiring decisions can be made quickly, so you need to get your note in before it does.
Email a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview.
Send the Right Thank You Note
Don’t just send a generic thank you note. Of course, thank them for taking the time to meet with you. But then, customize it to fit the conversation you had. Say what you learned that has convinced you the job is a great fit. Mention a few additional thoughts you had about your conversation. These kinds of details will help make you more memorable.
Finish your note with an action plan. Ask for another meeting (a second interview) and say when you’ll call to schedule it. Don’t be afraid to be a little bold here. If they don’t want to speak with you again, they’ll say so and you can move on. If they’re on the fence, they’ll probably agree to another meeting to solidify their decision. If you don’t ask, you probably won’t get it.
Send More Than One Email
If you interviewed with more than one person (either one at a time or in a panel), send each person a note. Make sure you tailor your note to the conversation you had with each person.
Do Something After You Send the Email
After you send your thank you email, you still have a move or two to make.
You can call to set up a second interview, like you said you would in your note. You can call to find out how the process is going and if they’re getting closer to making a decision. Both of these things show professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.
You could send another email after the thank you note. I’ve had candidates send a second note because they forgot to mention something important in the first one. You would just say, “I just wanted to get back in touch with you. During the interview, we talked about X and I remembered I have some additional information that shows you how I achieved X.”
One more idea: If you discussed your 30-60-90-day plan in the interview (and I hope you did), you can revise your plan based on your conversation and attach it to your first thank you note. You will communicate your enthusiasm for the job as well as your ability to take in constructive criticism and improve.
Find Out More on How to Follow Up After a Job Interview
There’s a lot to a good follow up, and it starts in the interview itself.
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