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Interview Follow-Up Letters Should Be More Than Just Polite

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Following up in writing after a job interview may seem like an easy task. However, after the “Dear Mr./Ms. Nickels” salutation, uncertainty often prevails.

What exactly should I say?

While thanking the interviewer for his or her time obviously is important, being to the point with such courtesies is advisable. Maximize the limited follow-up letter real estate with a focus on value-add, extending the interview conversation.

1. If the interviewer asked you a weakness-revealing question that left you speechless in the moment, use this opportunity reflect, regroup and formulate the right words that convince them your weakness is irrelevant. You may wish to follow-on with an example where the purported weakness was actually an advantage, or you could show (don’t tell) ways you have overcome this perceived Achilles’ heel with other tools, training and knowledge.

2. If the interviewer mentioned a specific area of pain or concern that his department or region currently was facing, use the follow-up letter to sketch a possible solution that you could be a part of if hired. Perhaps even relate how you were integral in solving a similar problem in your current job or past roles. Connect the dots for the interviewer.

Follow this link to read 3 more ‘things to say’ in your interview follow-up letter: 5 Things to Say in Your Interview Follow-Up Letter.

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Today’s Job Interview: The Goldilocks Syndrome

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Thank you to my recruiting friend, Recruiting Animal (@Animal) who introduced my latest US News post in a unique and compelling way:

The Goldilocks Syndrome

When a company has been through troubled times, they need just the right new engineer, software consultant or sales representative to help turn that ship around.

So, their interviews are going to be the most demanding.

To read the full post, please click here: “Why Today’s Interview Process Is So Difficult.”

How to Tame Nerves Before a Big Job Interview

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Have you ever hoped for something so bad that once you got it, you weren’t quite sure how to deal with it?  A trip around the world, a chance to meet someone you idolize, or a big job interview can be especially disconcerting. In fact, an important job interview may be the most nerve-wracking. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

In my latest US News post, I offer 10 tips to help you overcome your jitters. I invite you to read the full story, here: 10 Ways to Battle Job-Interview Jitters.

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