After I graduate this December I’m going to be on the job hunt once again. I don’t mind looking for a job, it’s the interview that always rattles me. It’s the not knowing what they’re going to ask that makes me nervous and the possibility of rambling on and on that scares me. And even when the interview is over there is still one last step: the follow up. Following up an interview is crucial. This not only shows that you care, but this is also an opportunity to make you memorable. You can use whichever method you prefer to thank the interviewers for their time and include anything about yourself you may not have mentioned during the interview when you were too busy sweating and trying not to hyperventilate.
Sending or hand delivering a handwritten Thank You note within 24 hours of the interview is the most thoughtful way to go. We don’t receive very my handwritten notes these days so when they do come in the mail they tend to stand out. Write individual notes to each person that interviewed you and try to say something special and different in each one. Illustrate that you remember them and genuinely want to be part of their company. Make sure you spelled everyone’s’ names correctly and there are no typos.
The same rules apply with e-mail as with a card or letter. Send individual e-mails to each interviewer instead of a mass e-mail. Keep the content short, but genuine. Reiterate what makes you a qualified candidate. Make sure the e-mail is professional which means no shorthand phrases. As with everything else that’s typed and/or written, make sure to check the grammar and spelling.
I would suggest following up with a phone call a couple days after the e-mail or handwritten Thank You’s have been sent out. You don’t want to annoy them or scare them into thinking you’re a stalker. Your goal should be to make sure they remember you. When calling, ask about the status of the job and express you’re still interested in the position.
Does anyone else know of any other helpful hints or tips to stand out? I need all the help I can get.