The job market is very competitive these days. You have to do something to make yourself stand out from the hundreds of other applicants who are hopeful. While this sounds easy with your stellar skills, it is not always so simple to do.
One way that a person can make themselves stand out from the crowd is doing an attractive cover letter and well thought out resume. However, the single most important thing to do after an interview is to follow up with an email.
Why email, because its quick and it gets to the point and many employers can pull these up on their phones or desktop. Mailing letters is outdated when it comes to the job search.
Employers get hundreds of applications for just one position. They may do 10-20 interviews, especially if the resume pool is such that warrants it. The better the applications are, the harder the decision. The employer may have their hands full on finding the right candidate.
Even though they search for hours on end, conduct many interviews, they still may feel that they do not have a good fit. You need to make yourself stand out from the rest, and you can do this with a follow-up interview email.
This little email that takes so little time to write actually can make them remember you from the rest. If the employer has 5 people that he wants to bring in for a final interview, little things like this can put you in their short term memory.
Why is this letter so beneficial? For starters, employers want a person who has good computer skills and can follow up with customers.
If the position is clerical in nature, they can see what wonderful typing skills you have. If the position is customer service in nature, they will take notice of your grand follow up skills.
Customer service positions are all about serving the customers and remembering to contact them even about the smallest of things. Showing the employer that you can use email efficiently and that you have great spelling and grammar is a step in the right direction.
This letter doesn’t have to be as formal as a written one. People email back and forth all day long, you want it to be attention grabbing, but it doesn’t need to be formatted like the cover letter and resume.
Start with a Dear (name) of the person who interviewed you. Never put a Dear sir or Madam. The person who interviewed you had a name and you need to remember it. Don’t address them by their first name; it should be Mr. or Ms. and their last name.
Start the email off by thanking them for their time. Also be sure to let them know that you are still looking for employment. Believe it or not, so many people find other jobs while they are waiting for the employer to get back in touch with them. Most will take what is offered to them in this economy and not hold out for something better.
Just let them know how grateful you are for the interview, how valuable you could be to their company and how you look forward to hearing from them. Be sure to put your contact information in the letter and have a gracious attitude.
Sample Follow-Up Email After Interview
Dear Mr. Caplan,
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the opportunity to speak with you on September 21 regarding the current opening at you company. I understand there are many applicants for this desired position, but I wanted to let you know I am still interested.
Caplan and Kilgor is a top law firm in New York and I would be honored to work with so many great people. As a customer services representative, I could ensure that your clients received great care both on the phone and in the office. To work for a company like this is a dream come true for me. I want to be on the ground floor of something great and have the ability to work my way up. I am not looking for a short term position, but rather one that I can be with for many years to come.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak with me further, please contact me at 555-890-0987.
By Andre Bradley