The interview is over; it is now time for the thank you note. A thank you note is an absolute must! One should be sent to each person you met with in the company you interviewed at. The rule of thumb is within 24 hours of your interview.
The conventional method of sending a thank you note was via mail. This practice is outdated and too slow. The current recommendation is to send a thank you note via e-mail. The note should be around a paragraph long. Do not write an essay. Keep it brief, professional and courteous.
Sending a thank you within one day of your interview will ensure that your name stays fresh in the decision makers mind. Write the thank you note in the body of the email, and do not use an attachment. Personalize your message, and thank the interviewer for his/her time. Proofread your e-mail twice before hitting send.
The bottom line is that a thank you note shows your appreciation, is a great way to keep top of mind in a long list of candidates, as well as shows you are a prompt and thoughtful person.
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When you are ready to look for work, really ready, take the time to put your best self forward. There are many opportunities for error on a resume and in an interview, so here are a few tips to help you stand out in a positive manner.
Ensure the individuals you recruit as references for your resume: a) know that you are using them as a reference, b) know what position you are applying for and what your expectations are of them as a reference c) think highly of you as a professional. Too often job seekers list references without first checking with them. Put a lot of thought into the people you put down. Make sure they are articulate, think highly of you, and are professional on the phone.
Stay positive. When an interviewer asks you about a past employer, or why you are looking to leave your current position, it is important to not state the negatives about the job. It is easy to say that you don’t like the supervisor, or you have a co-worker that always calls in sick, or perhaps that you keep getting skipped over for a raise. But DON’T. Instead say that you have always been interested in the company you are applying to, or that you have been working toward this position. Refrain from saying anything negative about your past/current employer and turn the tables to where you are seeking out this position because it is the perfect fit for you and you are the perfect fit for the company.
One more piece of advice, when you arrive, shake your interviewers hand, firmly, while looking him or her in the eyes and smiling. Do not give the limp fish handshake. A firm handshake exudes confidence and power. That is the goal of the whole interview, to show that you are confident that you are the perfect fit for the company and position.
The interview is your ticket to the position. Research the company, know your stuff and be prepared and confident. Your future just started.