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Tips For Thank-You Letters

  • Write to the person or persons with who you are interviewed.
  • Express your appreciation for the interviewer's time and consideration.
  • Indicate your interest in the position.
  • Reemphasize your strengths and qualifications.
  • Mention something you didn't say during the interview (e.g., work experience or accomplishments).
  • Enclose a resume to refresh the interviewer's memory.
  • Unless the recruiter has indicated otherwise, state that you will contact him/her on a specific date to follow-up.
  • Be proactive; call as you said you would!

Fifteen Knockout Factors (Reasons why candidates receive rejection replies)

  • Lack of proper career planning - purposes and goals defined - needs direction.
  • Lack of knowledge of field of specialization - not well qualified - lacks depth.
  • Inability to express thoughts clearly and concisely - rambles.
  • Insufficient evidence of achievement or capacity to excite action in others.
  • Not prepared for the interview - no research on company - no presentation.
  • No real interest in the organization or the industry - merely shopping around.
  • Narrow location interest - unwilling to relocate later - inflexible.
  • Little interest and enthusiasm - indifferent - bland personality.
  • Overbearing - overaggressive - conceited - cocky - aloof - assuming.
  • Interested only in best dollar offer - too money conscious.
  • Asks no or poor questions about the job - little depth and meaning to questions.
  • Unwilling to start at the bottom - expects too much too soon - unrealistic.
  • Makes excuses - evasive - hedges on unfavorable factors in record.
  • No confidence and poise - fails to look interviewer in the eye - immature.
  • Poor personal appearance - sloppy dress - dress lacks sophistication

Twenty Questions Frequently Asked During Interviews

  • Tell me about yourself. Expand on your resume.
  • For what position are you applying?
  • What are your long-term career goals? Where would you like to be in ten years?
  • Why do you feel that you will be successful in...?
  • What supervisory or leadership roles have you held?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What have been your most satisfying and most disappointing experiences?
  • What are your strongest (weakest) personal qualities?
  • Give me some examples that support your stated interest in...
  • Why did you select to interview with us?
  • What courses did you like best? Least? Why?
  • What did you learn or gain from your part-time and summer job experiences?

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