Now that you're pursuing your first professional position, you'll
want to stand out from your fellow graduates. While researching
companies, targeting resumes and preparing for an insightful interview
are crucial to landing the right job, there's one more step you dare not
Follow Up Your Interview
with a Thank You Note
If you want to be a company's top candidate, you must send a thank
you note to everyone who interviews you. Lest you consider this final
piece of follow up a trivial task, don't confuse it with your mother's
bread-and-butter note. This letter is a strategic tool to put your name
and qualifications in front of the potential employer while she's making
her hiring decision. Because so few job seekers bother to write one,
those who do automatically move to the front of the pack. If there are
two or three strong candidates, you can be sure she who writes the thank
you note will get the job.
This Note is Similar to a
Good Cover Letter
Like a great cover letter, an attention-getting thank you note has
three main points:
Why you want to work
for the company
Why the organization
should choose you over the competition
When you can become a
part of the team.
Focusing on the company's needs and advantages gets you an interview,
then impresses the people with the power to say yes. Now it will help
you close the deal.
Compliment Your Potential
Whether you interview with one person or several, each conversation
has its memorable moments. Reminisce about them in your first paragraph.
Tell your potential employer why her company is the ideal place to start
your career, whether it's her management style, opportunity for growth,
exceptional products or services, unique culture or whatever most
interests you. Reflecting on the attributes you both appreciate reminds
her of the good feelings you've already shared.
Tell Her Why You Are the
Best Person for the Position
Now that she's settling into the warm glow of your admiration,
reiterate your qualifications and enthusiasm for the job. Briefly
outline the most important reasons why she should hire you. Tell her how
you'll contribute to the company and why she'll never regret choosing
If you've left the interview uneasy about the company's concern for
your lack of experience or specific skills, this is a good time to
banish any lingering doubts. Emphasize once again how you have
eliminated other temporary deficits through hard work, desire to learn
and aptitude for the subject.
Go for the Close
If you really want the job, ask for it. Say something like, "I look
forward to working with you and your team to build XYZ.com into the
powerful BtoB resource we all know it can be. Also mention you will be
contacting your interviewer to touch base, if you haven't heard anything
by the date she promised to call. Sitting by the phone wondering what's
going on is both frustrating and depressing. Always give yourself the
option to initiate a follow-up conversation.