Okay, you’ve had a great interview. Now what?
Well, now you must follow up . . . and you must do so with a great follow-up letter! And a recent Business Insider.com article titled “6 Reasons This is the Perfect Thank-You Letter to Send After a Job Interview” by Hope Restle and Sky Gould can help you do just that.
According to the article, this is how you make your follow-up letter stand out:
This is a professional situation, after all. The article specifically recommends greeting the person in the appropriate way (Mrs. vs. Ms.), but you must strike a professional tone throughout. You should pay as much care and attention to this letter as you did to your cover letter and resume.
#2—Grab their attention right away.
This means going beyond the standard fare and writing something that the reader normally does not see. For example, compliment them for something they did during the interview process or use other positive language. “Engagement” is the word you should be thinking about; engage them and they’ll continue reading.
#3—Use the correct words.
This is a sidebar to #1 on this list. If you strike a professional tone, it should mean you’ll be avoiding slang terms and other “lazy language.” Take it a step beyond that, though, and look closely at the words you’re choosing. Is there a better word? A better way to say something? Keep revising until you’re satisfied.
#4—Be direct and concise.
Don’t let your letter drag on. If you’ve engaged them and you have their attention, the worst thing you can do is lose that attention halfway through the letter. If you were in their shoes, what would youwant to see? Tailor your letter with that in mind.
#5—Tie it back to the interview.
In an ideal situation, you would already be memorable based upon your interview performance, but a lot of different factors play into that equation. Don’t take any chances: reference something from the interview that will “jog” their memory, if need be.
What do you want the person to do once they’ve read your letter? Respond, that’s what! However, they must be compelled to respond. For that to happen, you must compel them to do so.
Click here to read the Business Insider.com article in its entirety for more tips regarding how you should write your follow-up letter.
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