By: Neena Zona, Account Executive for the American Indian Powwow
As internship season is approaching, most people are left with the question of how to follow up with their interviewers. Whether or not you should send them a thank you note or a thank you email and how long should you wait until you reach out again. Following these suggestions will help you make the best lasting impression possible.
Ask About The Next Step
After your interview is over you want to make sure that you ask your interviewer when you should hear back from them. If you haven’t heard anything in a reasonable amount of time, it is okay to reach back out with a friendly email.
Send a Note Immediately
When you get home from your interview you want to sit down and write a quick thank-you note to your interviewer. If there was more than one person interviewing you, than make sure that each person gets his or her own personal card. Since cards are fairly small, you can keep this simple, thanking them for their time and the opportunity and expressing again how you would be a good fit for the company. Handwritten notes show that you are genuinely interested in the job and have taken the extra time to show them this.
Send an Email As Well
Since snail mail takes a couple days to get to where it is going, you want to make sure you send an email thank you as well, typically the day after your interview. This insures that you get to them before they make their decision and allows you to go a little more in detail. Since you have more space in your thank you email, you can take the time to address anything in the interview that you might want to clear up or reiterate.
Make it Personal
One of the most important things to remember is to make each note personal. Do not write your notes ahead of time or reuse the same note over and over again, the interviewers can tell!