Don’t Drop the Ball: Gracefully Follow Up on Your Interviews

A thoughtful and well written follow-up note after an interview will leave an employer with a good impression of you. ©iStockphoto.com/PashaIgnatov

A thoughtful and well written follow-up note after an interview will leave an employer with a good impression of you. ©iStockphoto.com/PashaIgnatov

One of the secrets to finding a new job in the supply chain discipline is persistence. This does not just mean looking for more job positions, but also being persistent about each individual job you interview for. Your efforts to land a position should not come to and end when you walk out the door of your interviewer’s office. In the days after your interview, following up properly will show the employer that you are passionate about the position and that you have the resilience needed to be a great employee.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind to ensure your interview follow-up is graceful and mannerly:

Send an email. You might assume that a handwritten thank you note will look more personal or thoughtful, but really it will just make you seem behind the times. An email, sent later in the day if you have a morning interview, or the next morning if you have an afternoon interview, is the most appropriate in today’s high-tech world.

Don’t delay. Most experts recommend sending a thank you within 24 hours, but the sooner you send it, the better. You want the employer to receive it before he or she receives thank you notes from other candidates. Your punctuality will shine as a positive trait.

Focus on the interviewer’s needs and concerns. Emphasize that you’re ready to do what would be required in the position. Do not dwell on answers you offered to questions that you now wish you could expound on, or on your own personal feelings. Always mention how you could add value to the company, and thank the interviewer for his or her time.

Send a thank you even if you think the interviewer went poorly. You never know — the interviewer may have had a completely different impression than you. It’s also possible that you will run into the same interviewer or a colleague down the road, and sending a thank you sets you up for positive future encounters.

With a well-written note, finding a new job in the supply chain discipline becomes much easier.  Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find your next job.

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