For most career fields, you will not get the position without interviewing. Therefore, effective interviewing skills and knowledge of the interview process are a must. Others will be competing with you to obtain the same position. It is critical to convince a potential employer that you can do the job and that you can do it better than the other candidates.
You must understand that the interviewing process does not begin the moment you walk into an employer’s office and end the moment you leave. Successful interviewing requires that you prepare prior to the interview and that you follow up after the interview.
Below are steps you can take before, during, and after an interview that can help catapult you ahead of the competition and ease your anxiety and tension.
A thank-you letter shows thoughtfulness, a characteristic many employers value. Writing a thank-you email or letter also gives you an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position.
The letter should be written within 24 hours of the interview. If you know the organization will be making a hiring decision right away, send your thank-you letter as an email.
If you prefer to send a letter and time permits, type the letter to make it look more professional and to show that you know how to format business letters. If there were others in the organization who assisted with your interview arrangements, you might send them a handwritten note. Thank employers for their time and express your continued interest in the organization. The letter should be short and to the point; however, you can still mention something you found particularly appealing or interesting.