will give you signals letting you know the interview has come
to a conclusion. Watch for them. Should you have any doubts, pose
this: Have I answered all your questions? That will give the interviewer
a handy way to wrap things up.
your seat, offer your hand and thank the interviewer. And before
you leave ask how long before you'll hear about their decision.
It's a fair question, but one that too many interviewees forget
On your way
out the door, thank the receptionist.
isn't over once you get out to the parking lot. The interview
you've just had is a gift, and a gift should stimulate a proper
thanks. As soon after the interview as possible, sit down and
compose a thank you letter. Refer specifically to things said
in the interview. And, the thank you letter is one more chance
to expound upon your value as a new employee. Here's an example:
2424 Wilson Way
Alta Springs, MI 48888
Mr. Gerald Steingraber, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel
One Gamut Place
Vespers, MI 49999
Dear Mr. Steingraber:
for sharing your insights about the Gamut Industries Legal Department
during our interview yesterday. I appreciate the opportunity to
hear first-hand about the challenges you expect to face over the
next several years, particularly the patent questions regarding
the hybrid small engines your company has developed.
With a B.S.
in mechanical engineering under my belt, I was already preparing
myself to tackle difficult patent litigation as I entered law
school. During my career I have sought every opportunity to work
on issues involving intellectual property, and my experience would
be of great benefit to you and your colleagues.
forward to hearing from you. And thank you again for your time
the way to send a thank-you letter has been to hand write it on
stationery and put it in the mail not more than 24 hours following
the interview. With e-mail, however, certain rules of etiquette
may have to give ground. Stacey Curtiss, Human Resources Administrator
for GE Aviation has this to offer about follow-up by e-mail.
"A hand-written note isn't necessary, really. I have no problem with
a thank-you letter by e-mail. The content is more important than
the way it's transmitted."
A FINAL WORD
no guarantees. You may have done everything right, answered every
question astutely, posed great questions yourself, and looked
more businesslike than a Wall Street financier. And still you
didn't get the job. It happens. Don't be discouraged. In fact,
there's actually an opportunity for you when you're turned down.
Send a note to your interviewer, thank him or her for the meeting
and declare your availability for future openings. It can really
make an impression. Tom Brown, Human Resources Officer with Fifth Third Bank,
believes strongly in this tactic:
leaves a great impression. It tells me that the person is sincere
and has character. And you can be sure that the next time I have
a suitable opening, I'll go to the file with those letters. It's
really amazing how few people will send a letter after being turned
the past is only prelude for the future. And each interview is
practice for the next one - for that job you really REALLY want.