After the Interview... Now What?
Congratulations! You've just completed an interview for a position that interests you, or perhaps you met with a networking contact who offered some insight into your job search. Now that the interview is over, it's time to swing into action with some memorable followup activities. Depending on the nature of your interview, followup can take several forms. What you do can greatly influence whether you succeed in generating a second interview or benefit from your networking meeting. Review the checklist below for specific activities that may apply to you.
Thank you note. A thank you note should be sent immediately following an interview to each person with whom you met. A thank you note may be handwritten if it is brief (the "breadandbutter" thank yous our mothers taught us when we were children). However, a more effective followup is a wordprocessed letter that reinforces the points you made during the interview and reiterates your qualifications for the position. Thank you notes should always be personalized. If you are writing to more than one person at a company following a group or successive interview, do not send the same note to each; vary your missives so that the person reading it knows you recall and related to the specific information they provided.
Preparation of additional information/documentation. During the interview, did you offer to put together a rough outline of a marketing idea you discussed? Were you asked to forward your college transcripts? Did you volunteer to send a great article you'd read about manufacturing in rural areas? Be prompt, precise, and proactive in providing additional material that may /wwwach n -