Get the Interview, Get the Job: A 3-part Series for the Interviewing Inept (3 of 3)


So up to this point you have done all that you can to make sure you make the very best impression on your future employer. But there is no reason why you should stop there. So how about you close this process with a subtle yet meaningful bang? How about writing a follow up letter? And not just another letter saying “thank you for your time”; a letter that works to solidify all your hard work up to this point. Here’s what you need to do. Welcome to phase 3: the follow up.

The Follow Up. As mentioned in both part one and part two of this series, presentation is the name of the game. And remember that you’ve already essentially branded yourself to these guys. So you need to maintain that same level of attention when preparing your follow up letter. This will be the last opportunity to sway them to your favor. So here are a couple of things to remember…

Show Appreciation. Remember, they have probably reviewed hundreds resumes and interviewed numerous individuals including you. That takes time and energy. So show your appreciation. Be sure to thank them for their time, for considering you for the position and how enjoyable they made the process. Expressing how well they did shows them your attention to detail and intuitively reaffirms what they have already experienced during your interview.

Short and sweet. Now you need to assure them of your desire to work there. So after you have thanked them relate how the job position matches well with your skills. Elaborate on two or three of your skill sets and how specifically they can be utilized through the position. This will show them you’ve given the position some thought and not just recapping how great you are. This rundown should be brief. No more than 2-3 short paragraphs. At the end of the letter, express again your desire to join their team and end relative closing and signature. (Find a great example of how to word your follow up letter here.)

Substantiate your brand. Presentation, presentation, presentation. We cannot stress this enough. As talked about in part one, every correspondence from you should match. So be sure to use the same fonts, color(s) and layout you used in your cover letter and stick this landing like a pro. Trust us; they’ll appreciate the effort.

There you have it. You have been briefed. Now it’s up to you to execute the plan. If you remember anything, remember the importance of your presentation. If you present you well, you can fully expect that even if you don’t get hired you will most certainly be remembered. Hiring managers make mistakes all the time. And who knows, they may even call you back when other positions arise. But I’m pretty certain that by that time, the story of your goat rescuing heroics in South America will have become legendary; bringing joy and intrigue to all your new workmates at the position you landed from nailing your next interview. Because really, who can resist you twice?