Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten the opportunity to interview potential new team members. Remembering how much I hated interviews in college, this has been an interesting experience. I’ve been working to find the balance between not being too harsh but being able to really tell if the candidate would do well on our team.
One aspect of interviewing that has a bigger impact than I realized is the post-interview thank you note. We recently interviewed someone we really liked, but his thank you emails were full of typos which immediately raised a red flag. Since these notes or emails could make or break you as a candidate, I thought I’d share my advice:
Be Prompt – a note should be sent within 24-48 hours. Most initial hiring decisions are made within that timeframe.
Keep It Simple – No one wants to read a novel! Get to the point – thank them for their time and ask any questions.
Reiterate Your Interest – Even though your interviewer knows you’re interested in the position emphasize how the interview with them increased your desire to working there.
Personalize It – Sending a generic email is almost as bad as having typos or grammar mistakes. Touch on something you discussed with that specific interviewer. If they’ve interviewed multiple people that day, it’ll also help jog their memory.
Proofread!!! – No typos or mistakes should make their way into this email. Even if you have to have a friend read it over, take the time to make sure it’s perfect before hitting “send”.
What is your Thank You advice? Have you ever received a poorly written email from an otherwise excellent candidate?
Yesterday was moving day – hooray! Since I will be unpacking (read: napping) all day, I thought I’d share some interesting posts and articles I’ve come across recently. Enjoy!
•Calling all 2015 grads-to-be! Business Insider has some ways to succeed at your first job after college. Some may seem obvious, but all very important to keep in mind.
•Inc.com has 7 simple ways to build your self-confidence. Pair that with the first article and you’ll be a shoe-in for corporate success!
When I first began looking for a full-time job during my senior year in college, I found myself at a complete loss as to where to start. There were so many things to consider, from cover letters to resumes, interviews to thank you letters, and more. I felt so overwhelmed and while my school’s career center was helpful to some degree, I needed more in-depth direction than they could offer in a 30 minute session.
Monster is an often-recognized job board site, where you can find postings for jobs in almost every field. What fewer people seem to realize is that Monster has more than just job postings on their site. They have a great career resources section, which has all kinds of articles for job seekers.
There are articles here with advice for everything job related, such as resume and cover letter writing, salary negotiations and networking. They’re simple articles that can guide you in the right direction and answer almost every career question you could possibly have. And in addition to everything job seekers need, there are also great tips for career development and improving once you’ve landed the job.
Some of my favorite articles?
– Resume Critique Checklist
– 5 Ways to Become Irreplaceable at Work
– 100 Potential Interview Questions
So whether you’re looking for your dream job, or just want to know how to stay on top of your career game, be sure to check out Monster for some great articles to help you along!