One of the most pivotal and commonly overlooked parts of the job application and interviewing process is the follow-up process. Missing this step will likely be the difference between landing the job or being kicked to the curb. A follow-up email to express your interest should be sent within one day after the interview. The morning after is best because it shows that you have high interest in their company and want to be the first one to stand out.
Throughout the job application process, you will interact with many different members of the company, you want to send your follow up email to not only the person that interviewed you, but anyone you had encountered throughout your interview process. If you would like to add a sentimental touch when following up, a hand-written note or letter is a very personalized approach. A short-handwritten message can help you stand out from the countless other college graduates.
An equally important part of the follow-up process is to connect on social media! Go to the company’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat… if you have a form of social media you use… FOLLOW IT. This will keep you up to date and informed on what new and interesting things the company is doing. And guess what? If they give you a follow call or interview you can mention the company policies and news you learned about through social media and ask them questions about the decisions. (It shows them how informed and interested you are in their company!)
Next, ….more about emails.
Dear Mr./Mrs. Last Name:
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to me about (insert name of position) with (Insert Company). I appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me.
After speaking with you, I believe that I would be a perfect candidate for this position because of (Insert skills or experience you have )__, __, and __. I am very interested in working with you and look forward to hearing you.
Please feel free to contact me if you need further information. Thank you again for you time and consideration.
(Insert Your Name)
Following Up: Emails
The email should express your gratitude towards them for giving you the opportunity to “start a career” with their company. You should then continue to elaborate on how you would be a perfect fit for their company. Be sure to express your traits that best qualify you for the position as well as set you apart from the crowd. This email should not be too long, the individuals you interacted with throughout the application process are very busy and will not give a great deal of time to your email, so it is best to keep it short, sweet, and to the point. The template email above is great example of what your follow up email should look like. (Feel free to use it!)
Here are 10 additional follow-up- email templates and a template for hand-written thank you letters.
Remember you are still a prospect for this position and typing without proper grammar reflects badly upon yourself. You want to be as professional as you can the whole process.