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Job Interview Follow-up: The Secret To Success

After you say good-bye to the hiring manager you may wonder what to do for job interview follow-up. In other words, is there one thing that could set you apart from other job seekers for this position?

In a word, yes. The best thing you can do that is still a secret to many is this. Write a thank you letter in your own handwriting and get it into the mail as quickly as you can.

Saying thank you after a job interview is one action everyone can take so there should be no question about whether or not to take it. But you can make this task special by enclosing a small "information gift" with your letter. Not a gift card to a café or clothing store, but a piece of helpful information that can be of use to the hiring manager.

Choose Something Meaningful

For instance, perhaps you remember talking about a sport, hobby, exercise, particular food, culture, travel, or some other topic of interest while you were getting acquainted with the employer before the interview began.

Think back to something you noticed in the office or something that was said. For example, maybe the hiring manager mentioned his mother's award-winning pies that he loved when he was a child. Or you might remember her speaking of a place she's always wanted to visit.

There's your clue. Find something on the Internet or in a store that relates to it. Maybe it's a recipe or an article or a brochure. Whatever it is, print a copy or pick it up in person and include it with your job interview follow-up letter.

Refer to it in Your Letter

Remind the hiring manager of the conversation you shared and how you remembered his or her interest in whatever it was. Then state that you found the enclosed recipe, article, brochure, etc. and thought of him or her. You hope he or she enjoys it.

Personalizing your job interview follow-up in this way is not only good manners but it's the secret to standing out from the crowd and making a favorable impression on the hiring manager.

It doesn't guarantee that you'll get the job, but it does guarantee that you'll be thought of with respect, admiration, and gratitude - in themselves character traits any employer would want to see in the person he or she hires.