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Are We Done Here?

It’s never over until it’s over

➔ In the world of the job seeker, just because your interview has concluded, it doesn’t mean that it’s over. After you leave your interviewer, you still have “i”s to dot and “t”s to cross.

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Above all else, the simple thank you note is a must. And despite the fact that this the digital age where everything is done electronically, many experts encourage job seekers to take the time and little bit of effort to actually mail a hand-written note to your interviewer. Interestingly, because so few people do that today (some estimates are as low as one percent) your hard copy note will be certain to stand out and be remembered – which, of course, is one of the major goals of the thank you note.

That is not to say that you should eschew the email follow up all together. Why not do both? Every opportunity that you have to make contact with that person will go a long way to you being remembered.

Given that this is the digital age, if you agreed with your interviewer to connect on LinkedIn, that kind of follow up is a must. And it should be done the next day (or possibly later the same day, time permitting).

If you committed to performing any follow-up task – such providing work samples or references – be certain to complete that as soon as possible.

Lastly, if you were referred to your interviewer, make sure that the person who provided the introduction is aware that you have met with his referral. Of course, the simplest way to “cc” the referral source on your thank you note. It’s simple. It’s clean. It gets the job done.


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