Send a Killer Interview Followup Letter
With less than 20% of candidates sending interview thank you or followup letters, why wouldn’t you take this opportunity to shine above the rest? Not sure how? I’ve outlined some steps that will not only help you ace the letter, but will improve your interviewing skills by challenging you to approach the interview as a collaboration, or conversation, about how you can help solve the company or department’s most pressing problems.
I cringe knowing that less than 20% of candidates send an interview thank you note, and I just can’t fathom why someone who’s gotten as far as the interview chair drops the ball and forfeits an opportunity to shine.
That’s why I’m going to empower you with insight and tips to help you compose not just a traditional thank you note, but a letter that demonstrates your value in a manner almost certain to secure you that crucial second interview.
As you head into your interview, consider it your goal to find out how you can use your expertise to help the hiring decision makers solve the company’s or the department’s biggest problems.
Think of the interview as a collaboration, or conversation, about how to help the company. You’ll need to ask pointed questions to uncover the problems standing between the interviewer’s vision and the results they seek.
Now, ASAP after the interview (before you start celebrating a job well done), take the time to jot down some notes regarding these key questions:
What did the interviewer say the organization’s/department’s problems were?
What would you propose to help solve their problems?
What else did you learn that may be worth addressing in your follow-up letter?
Now take that info and weave it together with some broad ideas that address their problems into a letter that shows you were paying attention to their needs and are already acting to add value – before you’re even hired!
And, because you proactively collected the contact info for all key interviewers, you’ll know just where to direct your letter.
After you’ve sent that letter, don’t neglect to follow up, and by follow up, I don’t mean asking whether they received your correspondence. I mean by closing your letter with something concrete like, “I’ll call you in a few days to hear your feedback on my ideas.” That way, you’ve set the stage for applause-worthy follow up.
By adopting my recommendations, you’ll most certainly gain an advantage over the lackluster majority who neglect to put forth their best professional selves.
25 March 2014