Do you really need the follow-up, after job interview?
Standing out from other candidates in the job search is not easy.
Look let's be honest. While those of us over 50 may not think the age 50+ is "old"...but others will.
Whether they feel threatened by your experience and knowledge or they just feel that your too old for the job...you need to utilize EVERY tool in your tool chest.
Creating the perfect resume and doing well during the interview may not be enough.
During the interview process, your main goal was to highlight you and how you are the answer to a prospective employer’s problem, and of course leave a positive impression.
The follow-up is an extension
of that…it's another chance for you to leave a favorable impression and help them to remember you. It may seem like a small detail, but DETAILS do matter!
While others may overlook it, the follow-up email is an important tool...and not doing one can show the employer that your not thorough, nor care enough.
While many people do send these emails, most don’t make the most of this valuable important next step.
February 12, 2019
Corporate IT Recruiter
123 Blank Parkway
Someplace, US 12345
wanted to express my gratitude for taking time out of your busy day to discuss
the Director, Technology Finance position you are recruiting. I came away
from our meeting even more excited, and convinced that my background and skills
coincide well with your needs, and feel confident that I possess the necessary
skill set to be an asset to the Rames organization.
understand the importance of working with others, at all levels, meeting
deadlines and know what it takes to build relationships which earn the trust
and respect of the organization, and to communicate clearly (even while having
to discuss sometimes difficult and subjective issues). In addition, I
possess analytical, problem solving skills and strong people skills, as well
as, having experience in running all aspects of finance functions within a
corporate IT organization. All of which
have equipped me with a strong set of valuable competencies that will enable me
to become a valuable and trusted asset.
our phone discussion, my level of interest has grown to an even greater level
of excitement because it would allow me to be associated with an organization
that has a long and solid reputation and one that will allow me to fully
utilize my skills and experiences.
am interested in taking the next step, and in addition to my experience, I feel
I bring a strong work ethic, leadership, a team-oriented attitude, and work
well with all levels of senior leadership.
you for your time and courtesy today…I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Joe A. Somebody
Okay, so the interview didn't go as well as you had hoped.
-- You just weren't feeling good that day.
-- Personal issues got in the way.
-- You didn't communicate as good as you normally would have.
-- Your car may have broken-down or you got stuck in traffic.
-- You had bad directions...etcetera, etcetera, etcetera
All is NOT lost...you may still be able to recover!
The meaning of the word triage, "is to act with urgency to heal wounds or illnesses, and to decide the order of treatment of patients or casualties"...Just like the word means, it's CRITICAL to act fast, before any final decisions are made and you become a casualty...DON'T WAIT >>> triage ASAP!
You know you could have done better, and under normal circumstances you would have, but it didn't go as planned. If things always went as planned in sports, they would never play the game!
Don't beat yourself up and sulk...thinking all is lost.
There are a few things you can do after a bad job interview. To mend the employers impression of you, and, if you’re really lucky, to help them understand and overlook your mistakes and to give you another chance.
Many people believe that the job interview is the last mainstay before either getting a job or not getting a job – that is not always true. There are many factors before and after the job interview process that dictate if you are the right person or not.
It's important to follow up and thank the interviewer for taking the time out of their busy schedule to meet.
When you are selected for a job interview, it means that you're a serious contender for the job. That's why it's important to take the time to follow up after every single job interview, including in-person and phone interviews, as well as second interviews.
Sending a thank-you note doing the follow-up, also shows that you're interested in the position.
If an employer is deliberating between two candidates with similar qualifications, a thank-you note could give you an edge over the competition. Remember, the small details mean a lot!
I can't stress the power of the follow-up and thank you process enough...don't stop - complete the process!
Do you have a great story that will help others or an embarrassing job interview moment others can learn from?
I invite you to share your experiences so that others can learn...The idea here is help and be helped...let others learn from your experiences.
Thank you for your contribution.