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Now that the interview over, you just have to wait for the company to contact you, right? Unfortunately, this is wrong. It is extremely important to cultivate your follow up skills and know when and how to follow up with a company after the interview. Here are the four steps you should be taking after an interview to set you apart from the competition.

  1. Send a thank you note. Not only are thank you notes an accepted practice, they should be considered essential. When you get home after the interview, send an email to everyone you met with in the office. Recap the conversations you had and demonstrate why you are interested in the job. A hand written note is a nice touch but time is of the essence.
  2. Be specific in your message. A thank you note shouldn’t just say “thank you for taking the time to meet with me.” You should refer to two conversation points to allow the reader to see how well you understood the job and company culture. You also want to let them know how interested you were in the job.
  3. Give an employee mission statement. Companies have corporate mission statements so why can’t you have an employee mission statement? You should be able to provide clear ideas about your career goals in relation to the job itself. End the letter with a statement that explains your purpose in the language of the company.
  4. Persistence, not pushiness. You should contact the hiring manager about a week after the interview or within the timeframe they indicated they would make a decision. Late morning is a good time of the day to reach out to them. However, it is important that you don’t cross the line between persistence and being pushy. That will have the opposite effect.

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