Job Hunt 8 – Following Up

The hard part of your job search is over with.  Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for that job offer right?  Wrong!

The second that you step out of that office you will most likely have been given business cards.  This is a clue!  When you get home from your in person interview, pull out those business cards and pull up your email.  Now, write a thank you email to every single person who sat in the room during your interview.

This is more of a nicety than anything, but it’s critically important.  Thanking people for taking time out of their busy schedule goes a long way in this society.  If multiple people interviewed and the job is down to 2 people, the thank you letter could be the determining factor in you securing your job.

Don’t get intimidated, a thank you letter doesn’t need to be anything extravagant.  It can be something as simple as…

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to sit and speak with me.  It was great meeting the team and learning more about the role.  This was a rewarding experience.

Then sign your name, copy/paste into your email and boom, thank you letter sent.

Once your thank you letter is signed, be sure to reach back out to the HR rep you worked with (if you worked with one) and let them know how you felt the interview went and who you spoke with.  They will typically speak with everyone you interviewed with, and schedule a time to tell you the outcome of the interview.

If you don’t hear from the HR person in a week or so, simply write a follow up email to stay in front of them.

Lastly, if you don’t happen to get the position, ask why.  This is not a taboo question!  You won’t know how to improve your skills if you don’t know why they didn’t want to hire you.  So always, always, always ask why you did not get the position and how you can improve from the HR person’s perspective.

That’s all there is to it!  Short and sweet!

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