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Following Up on the Interview September 8, 2006

Posted by Amanda in The Job Maze.
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Send a Thank You Letter. Yes, it may seemed oldfashioned and that no one cares anymore. But they do. It is common courtesy to send a thank you letter and it could be considered rude if you do not.

Because sending a letter IS so common, you should not rely on that alone. An article from the Career Journal says:

It’s Time to Call

Five to seven days after mailing your letter, place a follow-up call with the explanation that you want to make sure the interviewer received your note.

Undoubtedly, you’ll be told that your letter arrived and was read. What’s important, though, is that while your competition is still hoping to hear back from the company, you’re talking with the person who will make the hiring decision. This gives you the opportunity to deepen your relationship and move ahead of other applicants by engaging the manager in a stimulating conversation.

Good subjects to discuss on the phone include any aspect of the position that remain unclear. You could revisit an important issue from your interview or elaborate on a key point. You also might ask an insightful question about the job, the manager’s department or the company. If you heard of a significant business development, ask about its effect on the organization.”

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1. amanda's dad - September 11, 2006

Yeah, whatever happened to getting the job based on your qualifications. Thank You letters are like warm-up exercises, if you’re good you don’t need them, if you’re not – they won’t help you :o) Be good at what you do and people will notice it. That’s how you get good recommendations/references. Everithing else is just the formalities of corporate America.

2. Amanda - September 11, 2006

That works well if, like you, you have had plenty of jobs to build up those qualifications, but, what about college students? Almost anything you have on your resume at this point, others have or better. And while working hard and being good at what you do is always good advice, the focus does shift to the smaller formalities when there are so many people applying for the same position.

3. Chris - September 14, 2006

“Yeah, whatever happened to getting the job based on your qualifications?”

“That works well if, like you, you have had plenty of jobs to build up those qualifications, but, what about college students?”

Amanda’s right, though, for entry level positions. When you’re looking at a half dozen (or more) college students for a position, a lot of times qualifications are similar or even the same – at that point, as the guy (or gal) doing the hiring, you’re looking for the things that distinguish one person from the rest. Of all the people I interviewed and/or hired for entry level positions at my last company, at least half of them had almost the exact same qualifications – Bachelor’s Degree’s from Devry, ITT and other similar schools. Those who stood out in my mind were the ones who also paid attention to the little things – following the instructions in the help wanted ad to the letter, arriving on time and dressing appropriately for the interview, right on down to the follow up letter.

But it’s still sound advice for anyone – you may have the qualifications and the recommendations to virtually guarantee the job – but it does no harm to follow the little courtesies, for you never know when they will be the little edge you need against someone else just as qualified (or worse, the boss’s nephew).


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