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					FOLLOW UP AFTER THE INTERVIEW

THANK YOU NOTES
       Within 24 hours of the interview, you should send a thank you note to the interviewer. Thank you notes
are important for the following reasons:
        If you remember something that you really wanted to say in the interview, but didn’t, here is your
           chance to convey that information.
        The extra time and effort you take to write the note illustrates that you are sincerely interested in the
           job.
        The note shows you are willing to put in extra effort.
        The note demonstrates you are willing to follow through with a task.
        If you and another candidate are very similar in experience and skills, the thank you note may give
           you an edge over the other candidate (especially if that person did not send a thank you note).
       Some tips:
        If you have neat handwriting, then hand write the note. Otherwise, it is ok to type the note.
        The note should be done on good quality paper.
        Be short and to the point.
        Express appreciation for the interviewer’s time.

General outline:
      Dear:

       Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the position of       . I enjoyed our meeting on (the date
       of the interview).

       The     position sounds very interesting. I feel that my skills and experience in  would enable me to
       do the job well. I was impressed with                   (maybe equipment, technology, employees, etc.).
       After the interview, I realized that I had forgotten to mention      .

       If you have any additional questions, you can contact me at (your phone number). Thank you again for
       the opportunity to discuss this position with you.

       Sincerely,

       Signature

       Typed name (only if you have typed the note)


PHONE FOLLOW UP
        One week after the interview (or later if the interviewer indicated when the decision would be made) call
the employer and ask if a decision has been made. If a final decision has not been made yet, ask if you are still
under consideration for the position. Point out again your interest in the position. Let the employer know that
you are willing to answer any additional questions.
        If you find out that you have not gotten the job, try to find out why. Be very courteous when you ask the
questions. It may be that you were up against someone who had far more experience than you. Ask if there
was anything in the interview that you could have done better. You might also ask the interviewer if he or she
can think of anyone else who may be able to use someone with your skills (maybe another department or
another company).
        If you are offered the job, make sure to find out any additional information you will need in order to
make an informed, reasoned decision.

				
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