Post Interview Opportunities
A simple thank you note sent to each
interviewer for their time continues to be a positive tool in finding employment. Even if
an interview does not result in the extension of an offer of employment, the gesture often
creates such a unique impression that references into other departments or firms occurs.
We have found that the note can be short and need not remind the interviewer of job skills
and personal qualifications...and you can send the thank you via email into most corporate
cultures, although, even in the age of email, we find that a personal handwritten note via
snail mail is well received.
We are going to repeat ourselves here a
bit...to place emphasis on this one principle. You might think the thank you is a bit of
"old school" and perhaps even "corny," but the thank you note remains
a classical (and classy) opportunity to make yourself stand out from a crowd of other
candidates. Use it to your advantage. While we have been offering this suggestion for over
20 years we still find that the thank you note is not commonly used and continues to
provide the advantage it did those 20 some years ago.
It is perfectly acceptable to use a
standard format in the email...but this is an opportunity to take information that was
developed in the interview conversation and to emphasize your interest and knowledge of
the company. This whole thank you concept is a great tool for your toolbox.
Communication with the recruiter after
the interview is just as important as those touches when one is trying to score that
interview. We find that candidates frequently stop communicating after that interview,
even when they are interested. When the client calls the recruiter and asks what the
candidate is thinking and what do you know...if the candidate has not talked with the
recruiter the response will be, "I don't know." The "I don't know"
response, unless packaged just right, is more-or-less the same as a negative response.
Communication by all parties is extremely important.
So your interview was on a Friday
afternoon and ended later in the day. You think that the end of the week is the end of
business for the company? Are you kidding. We are in a technology based business. Many
(most) of our clients touch their data phone or computer over the weekends. Sometimes they
just need to know what the candidate is thinking. Even on that Friday, get in touch of
your recruiter to check in. It's sometimes the difference in making it to that next step
in the process.