So you survived the interview! But what’s next? Call your Mom and tell her how it went? Wait for your Oggi Pro to call you with the great news of an offer? No! (Well, yes but no.) You just spent an hour (more or less) explaining to your new potential employer why you would be the best addition to their team. Well my friends I’m here to tell you – actions speak louder than words. Is a thank you nice? Yes. Is a thank you necessary? Yes.
Interview follow-up is a two part process.
Step #1: Send an Email
Within 24 hours of the interview you should follow-up with each person you met with via email. The purpose of the email is to:
- Demonstrate that you are someone who exceeds expectations.
- Thank them for their time and interest in you.
- Reiterate your interest in the role and the company.
- It’s also a great opportunity to mention something you may have forgotten or even attach examples of projects you discussed at the interview.
Remember you are thanking them for their time so be respectful of their time when you are writing your email. Keep it concise and get your point across in two or three (max) paragraphs.
Step #2: Send a hand written note
The idea of a hand written thank you card might seem old fashioned to some but it’s your opportunity to differentiate yourself. I can’t count on my fingers and toes how many clients have been shocked when he/she receives a hand written thank you from a candidate following an interview. They are shocked and on the flip side I am shocked that they are shocked. A hand written note isn’t optional – it’s part of the process.
The hand written thank you card is different from the email because it’s more personal by nature. It’s also a great opportunity to show your personality with your card choice.
Oggi Pro Tip #1: I always choose a card with colors that match the corporate colors of the organization.
With a card you are restricted to a much smaller area to convey your attributes (this is why step #1 is so important) so when I am writing a thank you card I keep it light and personal. For example when I interviewed for my role at Oggi I met with Scott Sterling, Director of Consulting Services. During the interview we discovered that we had both been participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for years and shared a passion for finding a cure. So in my thank you card to Scott I concluded with this “I hope some of my thoughts resonated with you and that we will have the opportunity to discuss them further very soon and that you and I can get the Oggi family “walking the walk” for JDRF next February.” (By the way, we did.)
Oggi Pro Tip #2: Keep your thank you cards, stamps and a pen in your car. Fill it out immediately after the interview and either drop it in the mail or walk it into the receptionist.
In conclusion, let me break it down for you. If you want the job it’s not a question of IF you write a thank you, it’s how you make yours stand out above the rest. Show your personality with a fun card, send links to articles you’ve been quoted in, send examples of your work. Wow the interviewer with your sincere gratitude because“silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~G.B. Stern