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04/24/07
Interview follow up: Tailored thank you
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 1:04 pm

There can be improvements in most things
we do in interviewing.  Or, at least different
approaches to accomplish a goal.

Sarah Needleman authored a nice piece on
Writing tailored Thank-you’s

Each of her five points deserve underscoring:

  1. special attention to detail. We tend to
    copy and paste so much now. Be very
    careful to send the right letter to the
    right person on the right date about the
    right position, with no spelling or
    punctuation problems.
  2. restate your key performance factors,
    based on what you learned in person
    during the interview. It is your final
    sales pitch for yourself.
  3. show that you listened to the
    interviewers’ words, and between the
    lines. Show that you have advanced
    listening skills. (really liked this point!)
  4. It can be a nice touch to refer to key
    culture items, for example, use of six
    sigma tools to bring products to
    market, or working in specially
    designed teams.
  5. write to everyone you meet. But write
    a different letter to each. A form
    letter saying exactly the same may
    show that you are NOT willing to put the
    effort in to the job.

Dan

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