Follow up your interview with a bang

Follow up your interview with a bang

Purpose
Whilst a thank you letter is a good way of showing your appreciation, to the company for being considered for a role, there are many other ways this document can be used. Firstly, it can be used to reiterate your interest and put you at the forefront of their mind. It can also be used to convey information that you may have forgot to mention at the interview or you have asked to provide after the interview.

Hard copy or electronic
Sometimes you can be limited on what format you can send out the thank you letter by the information you have. For instance, you may only have an address or you may only have an email address to send to. There are pros and cons to either format so choose the forma.

Email Pros: The interviewer will receive the thank you note instantly. You can also reattach your resume or add relevant content like a link to a video you talked about or a website showing your latest achievement.

Hardcopy Pros: They are very formal and can be most appropriate for the situation. You can also add your business card to the letter.

Content
Start by saying thank you to the interviewer for their time and the opportunity. It is good to mention here the exact role you’re applying for.

There is an opportunity here to convey some new information whether it is something you forgot to mention at the interview or information the interviewer asked you to follow up with.
Remind them why you are perfect for the role, this puts focus on your positive attributes will remind the interviewer of your good qualities and can do some damage control if the interview didn’t go to plan.

Adding a sentence or a question about the content of the interview is also good to add as it shows you were listening and genuinely engaging with the interview experience.

It’s important to ask what the next step is in order for you to know when to expect and answer and when to follow up if you do not here anything. If more than a week has passed beyond the date when you were told you would hear something from the employer, then politely enquire the status of the decision making process. Contacting them before this point can have a negative effect.
Try to keep the letter/ email short, most of the information you want to convey to them should have been put across at the actual interview.

It’s not all doom and gloom
There are many reasons why you didn’t get the job this time, but that doesn’t mean you cannot be considered next time. Send a thank you note even if the company feeds back to you that you didn’t get the position. This can also be an opportunity to ask if there are any other roles you can be considered for either now or in the future and keeps the door open for you.

Alternatively, the job may not be for you. In this instance still send a thank you note and let them know why you will not be accepting the position. The interviewer may be able to change certain elements of the position to accommodate you better or offer you something else. If not, regardless, they will appreciate your consideration and honesty on the subject.

Follow up your interview with a bang