Application and Interview Follow Up

Posted on July 12, 2012. Filed under: Career, Confidence, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , |

MP900443229One of my favorite places for internship tips is the YouTern website.  They recently posted a blog by Angela Petrie addressing interview follow ups (YouTern Blog on Interview Follow Up).  She brings up some very important and valid points for job/internship applicants regarding communication after an interview.

Angela suggests that applicants wait at least two days before contacting the organization after an interview, and avoid using words that may reveal desperation or anger on your part in any communication with them.  Both excellent points!

I would like to add that sending a nice thank you note within 24 hours of the interview is also a great way to stand out.  Email is a fine choice for this since it will reach the recipient sooner than snail mail.  You can find thank you letter samples by doing a Google search of “Interview thank you letter.”

Before the Interview

But let’s back up just a bit…how about corresponding with organizations prior to an interview?

Here is what I recommend:

  • Always follow up within a week to confirm that materials were received and to check on the status of your application – Are they missing anything? Is the fax or email attachment clear?
  • Try to determine their selection timeline and a contact person – When might you expect a call? Who should you direct inquiries to?
  • The Two-Week Rule – It is okay to call back to determine your status if it has been at least two weeks between contacts.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to let them know you are still interested. The worst thing you can do is apply (or interview) and then just disappear. Be proactive!

TIP: Find the balance between being a stalker and a stranger.


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