Here’s what you’re probably thinking right now.
Strong eye contact. Check!
Killer, professional-looking outfit. Check!
Hand gestures under control. Check!
Good answers for all the questions. Check!
Whew! So glad I am done with that!
1. Do You Have Any Questions for Me? – Just about every single interviewer wraps up the interview with this question. If you want a fast way to completely erase all of the great progress you’ve made so far, then answer this final question with a simple, “No.” Translation? “I really have no interest in this job or what goes on here outside of getting a paycheck.” Congratulations! You just earned your place in the “Do Not Hire” column! To avoid having your name thrown into the recycling bin, take heed. I’ve compiled some simple questions and translations below.
Avoid asking any of the following:
Now, depending on who you ask, some experts will tell you to send your thanks via email to the interviewer. Others, will recommend that you send a typed-letter via snail-mail. What’s the difference? Really, the difference is all a formality. So, take your cue from the type of company and the experience of the interview itself. For example, is the company’s culture less formal? Did the manager contact you and set up the interview mainly by using email? Or did you get a more formal invitation either by letter or perhaps even by a phone call from an administrative assistant? Simply mirror the formality of the follow-up letter based on what you experienced. A less formal environment and manager will probably expect an email. A more formal manager will probably be more appreciative of a typed letter.
Regardless if you decide to send an email or a typed letter, every follow-up should be tailored to the audience who will be reading it. In order to tailor your message, make sure to include the following in each letter:
- A genuine “thanks” directed to the interviewer for his or her time. Address it directly to him or her by name. Don’t be lazy and use the generic “Dear Sir or Madame.” If you do that, you’re better off not sending a thank-you at all.
- An answer to a question that required a follow-up from you, or mention some highlights of the conversation that you found to be especially interesting. This will remind the interviewer about you. I’m sorry to say, but you’re not the only one he or she interviewed for this job. Reminding them about a good story or a funny comment you shared will help set you apart (again).
- Emphasize you are still very much interested in the position and reiterate how you think your skills are a great match for the position as well as the company. Be specific.
- Provide your contact info. Make it easy for the hiring manager to find you. Include your phone number as well as your email address.
Oh, and don’t forget the support staff. Perhaps the administrative assistant worked with you to set up the interview day and time, or an employee gave you a tour of the facilities, or a group took you out to lunch as a part of the interview. In these instances it’s entirely appropriate to send a handwritten “thank-you” note or card. Not only will they appreciate the sentiment, but it doesn’t hurt to have them in your court when it comes down to decision time for the boss.