4-ways-to-beat-the-competition-.jpgYou made it through the interview! Congratulations- the hard part is over. Hopefully you got a good vibe, were told specifically when a decision would be made, or were even asked to move forward with the next steps of the employment process such as background checks or drug screens.

Regardless of the outcome, there is still work to be done to separate yourself from your competition.  In an interview, you are marketing yourself to a business. Marketing expert Dr. Jeffrey Lant proclaims that a good starting point is the ‘Rule of Seven’. “To penetrate the buyer’s (employer’s) consciousness, you have to contact the prospect a minimum of seven times (calls, emails, visits) before closing a deal.” Your initial application, phone call for the interview and actual interview take care of the first three. Follow these steps after your interview to put yourself ahead of the pack.

  1. Thank You Note– This is the single simplest way to get in front of the manager again. Shockingly, less than half of the people who go on a job interview will bother to send the manager a thank you note. Sending a thank you note will give you an edge, especially if there’s real competition between you and another applicant. Make sure you grabbed a business card, or look on the business website to double check the spelling of the manager’s name. If you were given a panel interview, make sure to address the note to everyone. Keep it brief. Thank the manager for meeting with you, say that you want the job, and maybe even offer a trial period. Write and send the note the same day as the interview. If you email it- use outlook and attach a read receipt to it. This job’s not for me: If you decided after the interview that you don’t want the job, be professional and send the manager a note. By thanking the manager for taking the time to meet with you, and removing yourself from the race, you have saved that person from a lot of unnecessary work. Say that you’ve decided to seek employment elsewhere and ask that s/he remove your name from consideration. You never know when you may run into this manager again, or if there will be a different position in the same company that is a better fit for you. If you were the top candidate, the manager may even contact you to inquire about and remedy the reason you have decided to opt out.
  2. Give them a “Big-Idea freebie”- Here’s a sure fire way to separate yourself from your competition. During your interview, the manager probably mentioned some issues, problems, concerns, or upcoming projects that have to do with the job you want. Think about those issues, problems or projects. Take some time to brainstorm, discuss with a friend, look for a solution online, or evaluate your network and resources. Come up with a few suggestions, then send the manager a short letter explaining your ideas. If your suggestions are good, the manager will see that you are the only one who made an extra effort to win the job offer. Mail this “idea letter” a few days after your thank you note, but before you follow-up on the telephone.
  3. Call for the decision– Yes you should call! If the manager has given you a specific date that a decision will be made- give yourself a reminder to call early that day. This tells the manager that you are proactive and extremely interested.

What should you say when you call?

* Call the manager and introduce yourself: “Good Morning (Ms. Hire). This is (Jane Doe). I wanted to call and thank you for meeting with me last week about your (movie star) position.”

* Ask if a decision has been made: “I’m very interested in this position and I thought I might follow-up to see if you have made a decision?”

*If you got the job: That is fantastic! When am I able to start? What do I need to bring with me on the first day?

*If the manager hasn’t made a decision yet: “Am I still a candidate for consideration?” “Would you consider giving me a trial period to prove myself?” “Would it be okay if I call back on Friday?”

*If you didn’t get the job: “Gee, I’m sorry to hear that. I would like to thank you for your time and consideration. It was a pleasure to meet you and learn more about your company. If the person you chose for this job becomes unavailable, please call me. I’d be happy to come in for another interview. What tips or suggestions could you provide me to enhance my interviewing or professional skills?

Every time you make contact, you are reminding the manager of your name, your skills, and your interview. By putting in a little extra effort you can land your dream job and eliminate your competition. The devil is in the details. Best of Luck!

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