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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 more likely. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find your next job or help you prepare for your next supply chain interview.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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