During an interview, you promote yourself and your talents to a potential employer. But after the interview, you have even more chances to reinforce to the interviewer that you’re a great choice for the position.
Here are some tips and examples on how to follow up after an interview:
- First, make sure that you have the correct contact information for everyone you interviewed with. This can be obtained from business cards or a search on the company’s website or LinkedIn. Be certain that you have the correct spelling of names and titles of each person that you spoke with.
- Next, send a thank you letter, card or email to each person. Email is the fastest way, but a handwritten card or typed and printed letter will make a better impression. Make sure that whatever method you choose, you don’t delay — send the card, letter or email within 24 hours of the interview. In your correspondence, you can promote yourself by highlighting your experience and education. If there’s something that you forgot to mention during the interview, you can include it here.
- In a thank you letter, make sure you put your contact information (name, complete home address, phone number and email) on the top left, followed by the date. Then put the contact information of one of the people you interviewed with (use a separate letter for each person). Then write your salutation (“Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name”).
- Here’s an example of the body of a thank you letter: “Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you about the data entry position at XYZ Industries. The job, as presented by you, seems to be a great match with my skills and interests. I will bring to the position a strong work ethic, attention to detail and enthusiasm. My Associate’s Degree in Accounting will also serve me well in this role. I neglected to mention during the interview that I previously worked for two summers as a sales associate at Rose’s Flower Shop. This experience helped me develop clerical and accounting skills. Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and I hope to hear from you again soon.”
- Close the letter with “Sincerely” and leave about four spaces for your signature, followed by your typed name.
- If you’re writing a thank you card, you can start with “Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,” then hand-write the body of your message before signing your name.
- Emails can contain the same information as a hand-written thank you card.
- Proofread your messages thoroughly, making sure there are no grammatical errors or typos. Then send them as soon as possible.
Following up with your interviewers could make the difference between you getting the job and another person getting the job, so it’s very important.
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