It is said that first impressions are the most lasting ones. While this most certainly holds true in the recruitment process, candidates vying for a new role also have a unique opportunity to make a differentiating second impression.
Once you have met with a company/agency for an interview, your next opportunity to impress them is with your follow up. Oftentimes, this is your chance for “closing remarks,” and the follow up plays a factor in whether consideration for a candidate will be given to the next rounds or phase of the process.
Candidates should fully digest the interviews/meetings and the role which was discussed with them. You should use the thank-you follow-up note to include thoughts on how the contribution you can make to the job will satisfy the business imperatives and add high value. Highlighting the unique nature of each conversation you had in your follow up is another great way to show that you were fully engaged in the meetings, and it will reassure employers of the decision to pursue your candidacy.
While follow-up note cards via snail mail are still a nice touch, an e-mail within 24 hours of your interviews is the best way to send your acknowledgement. You will still be fresh in the minds of the people with whom you met – and so will your conversations. And sending something beyond a one- or two-line “thanks for meeting me” is a great way to remain memorable, stand out, and be unique to other candidates that may be interviewing for the same role.
Sending a LinkedIn invitation is also a great way to stay connected with the interviewer, independent if you receive an offer and begin working at the company/agency.
Tara Lilien, SVP, North American Human Resources, MS&L