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Chapter 12: Closing the Show > Follow Up or Fall Behind

Follow Up or Fall Behind

What takes place after the first selection interview — when candidates are ranked — decides who has the inside track on winning the job.

remember.eps Your follow-up may be the tiebreaker that gives you the win over other promising candidates. And even if the employer already planned to offer you the job, your follow-up creates goodwill that kick-starts your success when you join the company.

Follow up vigorously. It’s your caring that counts.

Your basic tools are

check.png Print letters

check.png E-mails and other media

check.png Telephone calls

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Letters

How much do post-interview thank-you letters really impact hiring decisions? It depends on the letter.

pratfall.eps When your letter is canned, flat, routine, boring, and of the “Dear Aunt Martha, Thanks for the graduation gift” model, interviewers may yawn and toss it.


  

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