- Who You Are — Your first sentence should be an introduction to who you are professionally, an overview statement that shows off your strengths and gives a little sense of your personality too. This is not easy to do gracefully on the fly. It pays to prepare a bit in advance.
Good: “I’m an innovative HR manager with 8 years of experience managing all aspects of the HR function — from recruiting to training to benefits — for Fortune 500 companies.”
Many people have sensitivities to perfumes, colognes and cigarette smoke, and some organizations have designated their workplace as fragrance-free. Know that any scent becomes more potent in a closed-door interview environment. Even if you always wear a fragrance, skip it on the day of your interview.
Thanks for the well-thought-out course blueprint for Academic Writing. It is quite doable now that we have built a solid customer base for courses in overall writing skills. This may sound ambitious, but what do you think of launching it on April 21st? To make that goal possible, we probably need to put out a detailed course design by next Monday, April 10th? Then the marketing department can come up with and carry out a targeted sales-pitch by the following Monday , based on the specifics of the course design – its training objectives, the group of learners it caters to, the syllabus and the outline of resources(books, practice materials and manuals).
- Expertise Highlights — Don’t assume that the interviewer has closely read your resume and knows your qualifications. Use your elevator pitch to briefly highlight 2-4 points that you think make you stand out.
I am happy to coordinate any assistance you might need to complete the task in three short days. Just let me know.
Good: “I have spent the last six years developing my skills as a customer service manager for Megacompany Inc., where I have won several performance awards and been promoted twice. I love managing teams and solving customer problems.”
By the way, I see Academic Writing can probably borrow a lot of thinking we have done for Business Writing. In that case, part of the dinner already cooked J.
- Why You’re Here — End by telling them you want the position and why.
If you lack confidence, the hiring manager will as well. Consider the difference between “I think I could learn that program” versus “I know I could learn it.” Role-playing the interview will remove the hesitancy from your words and voice.
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Good: “Although I love my current role, I feel I’m now ready for a more challenging assignment and this position really excites me.”
Concise and positive.
Remember: You will have time later to walk through your resume in more
detail and fill in any gaps. Don’t try to squeeze in too much
information or your interviewer WILL start to tune out.
A good interview is a dialogue, not a monologue. Keep it concise and give your interviewer the chance to dive in and ask questions.
This shows a lack of consistency and solid follow-through. Sending a generic thank you or having typos or other errors in it sends red flags. Always include points specific to the meeting in your note and restate your interest in the role.
Example Answer for “Tell Me About Yourself”:
“I have more than five years of experience as a technical project manager at top Wall Street companies. Most recently, I led the development of an award-winning new trading platform. I’m a person who thrives in a fast-paced environment so right now I’m looking for an opportunity to apply my technical exp and my creative problem solving skills at an innovative software company like this one.”
Notice that the first line sums up her experience and name drops “top
Wall Street companies.” It’s always good to mention high-profile
employers by name. Most hiring managers will perk up because they assume
that if you made it through the hiring process at other well-respected
companies, you must be pretty good.
She then describes an impressive recent project that we can assume is very relevant to the work required in the open position. Next, she spends time talking about why she’s interested in this company/role, using the terms fast-paced, creative, problem solving, and innovative. This is great if those words are used in the job description and/or company values.
Many candidates try to bring up all new material in the interview, avoiding any mention of what’s in the resume. This is a mistake. The hiring manager hasn’t spent as much time with your resume as you have—in fact, the interview may be the first time he’s had to look at it. Weave in relevant points from your resume when discussing your accomplishments, as well as how you performed day-to-day responsibilities.
Hi dear Mr. Albert,
Per our appointment last Wednesday where I consulted you on some career choices, here is my most recent resume. Any advice is welcome and I would especially like to hear Andrew's opinions on how to present my training experience to a future employer in person or on resume, just as you suggested.
I understand that Andrew's schedule is probably very tight: hence any amount of help he can give is very much appreciated. Thank you so much for the time and thanks in advance for the time of your son.
Always have several extra copies of your resume. Bring a notepad and pen, and jot down notes during the interview. Arriving without these items can signal you’re unprepared or not interested in the opportunity.
Sometimes people think that if they were recruited for the role, they need to be “sold” on the opportunity and can coast through the interview. This is not the case. A hot job market is not an excuse for apathy. Showing a lack of interest in the firm, failing to ask any questions of the hiring manager, or looking bored will keep you out of contention.
This is a just a follow-up of my phone call to you yesterday. I am eager to know if we have any updates regarding my application. As I have mentioned, I do consider the Research Analyst (Economist) position quite an interesting challenge and a dream career opportunity. Henceforth it is definitely top on my list. As of now, a couple other companies have been responding to me based on my applications submitted weeks ago. It would be very helpful to know where I stand with CSSEA to conclude on my conversations with them. I look forward to hearing from you soon, Eric. Thank you so much for the favorable consideration.
Asking how long it will be until you’re promoted, can take vacation, or work remote are not appropriate early in the process. Raising any of these issues before you’ve discussed the job itself is premature – and sends the wrong message.
Job Interview Follow-Up Thank You Letter / Email
By Alison Doyle
Practicing the meeting from start to finish may uncover additional gaffes and enable you to correct them before you walk into the real thing. When it comes to the job interview, there’s just no substitute for in-person practice and preparation.
Updated December 20, 2016
After a job interview, it's both polite and advantageous for your job search to send a thank you letter. Your note is an opportunity to reinforce your strengths as an applicant, affirm your interest in the position, and if necessary, respond to any concerns that came up during the interview.
Here are tips for writing a strong follow-up thank you letter or email. Below is also an example of a letter sent to follow up after a job interview, as well as an example follow-up email.
You can use either as a template for your own follow-up note.
Tips for Writing a Follow-Up Thank You Letter
Consider sending an email. If time is of the essence, send your follow-up letter via email, with your name and "thank you" in the subject line of the message.
Express your enthusiasm. Emphasize your enthusiasm for the job. This is your final chance to tell the employer that you believe you are a good fit for the job.
Include anything you forgot. If you forgot to share an important related experience, or some other valuable piece of information, this is a good place to do so. You might also clarify anything from the interview if you feel you did not make a strong first impression in the interview.
Edit, edit, edit. Whether you send the note by mail or by email, be sure to read through the message carefully before sending it. You are still trying to make a strong impression, so a professional, well written letter is key.
Sample Job Interview Follow-Up Thank You Letter
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me about the Senior Programmer Analyst position with XXX Company.
I appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me for this position.
After speaking with you and the group, I believe that I would be a perfect candidate for this position, offering the quick learning and adaptability that is needed for a diversified position.
In addition to my enthusiasm for performing well, I would bring the technical and analytical skills necessary to get the job done.
I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you once the final decisions are made regarding this position. Please feel free to contact me at any time if further information is needed. My cell phone number is (555) 111-1111.
Thank you again for your time and consideration.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
Subject Line: John Smith – Thank You
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
It was a pleasure meeting you the other day and discussing the teaching assistant position at ABC Middle School. I really appreciate the time you took interviewing me for the position.
I enjoyed meeting everyone on the sixth grade team, and getting to ask them questions about the teaching assistant position. The more I spoke with you and the team, the more I was convinced that my teaching experience and my passion for small-classroom learning make me a strong candidate for this position.
I look forward to hearing from you next week regarding your final decision. Feel free to reach out to me beforehand with any questions or concerns. Again, my phone number is 555-555-5555.
Thank you again for your time and consideration.
Hope this message finds you doing very well. It has been a while since we met last time! How are you doing? I see you now work for a whole different set of organizations now, congratulations on the new development. I am just touching base, also wondering if you could introduce me to Warren Michelow as I am seeking a career in data science and he works as a data scientist at Boeing Canada. It would be a great networking opportunity for me. Thank you so much for your time.
p.s. I don’t think I have ever conveyed adequately my gratitude in your mentorship and leadership in bringing me along on several of your research projects while we worked together at the BCCEWH. Those experiences taught me much about your character and your professionalism, well beyond the subject matter knowledge even. Would love to have coffee with you sometimes if you have 20 minutes. I can drop by your main office (OrionHealth?) at a time that works better for you.
Sample 2 – By Annie
Dear Mr. Delamar,
First of all, congratulations on Stockwell Day's joining as the executive chairman of Pacific Future Energy. I have been following the news and your business charter really intrigued me. I am a Vancouver local with a background in Environmental Engineering, actuarial sciences and non-profit humanity programs, hence I am quite excited about your company's vision to build a green oil refinery on the BC coast, it makes a solid economic case and also an environmentally sustainable one, let alone its brilliant upfront consideration of collaboration with the First Nations.
I am wondering if I could have a 10-15 minute talk with you to discuss the possibility of me joining your team in the capacity of a business analyst. I dream to work for an energy start-up with which I wholeheartedly share the vision. I believe the company could really use a bilingual generalist with strong business acumen considering your main target buyer of the product is China.
Would it be a good time for you that I come by your office tomorrow morning at around 11:30am? I would also really appreciate the opportunity to know more details of the company's business plan.
SAMPLE EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE FROM GEORGETOWN.EDU
Below is a sample e-mail that you might write to an alumnus to ask for an informational interview:
Dear Mr. Smith,
I found your name and contact information on Georgetown's Alumni Career Network. I am a rising junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and hope to pursue a career in secondary education upon graduation. Given that you have over five years of experience in this field, I would appreciate the chance to ask you a few questions about your career path and your experience in the public school system in Tennessee.
I realize that this time of year is likely a busy one for you. I am hopeful that you would be willing to speak with me over the phone or via email at some point during the next two weeks. Please let me know if you are able to talk with me and if so what method of communication would be preferable.
Thank you very much in advance for your time and insight.