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Interview Follow-Up Letter

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THIRD PARAGRAPH: ASK FOR THAT NEXT STEP IN THE INTERVIEW PROCESS AND OR THE JOB.

When do you ask for the job? Early and often! Remember ties are broken by asking for the job. Especially if asked with enthusiasm.

You can ask for the job with a statement as simple as: I am really excited about this opportunity and hope to hear from you soon.

Or in an intermediate level close you might say: I am hoping to hear from you soon and as I am quite busy and sometimes hard to reach, if I don’t hear from you in a week I’ll give you a call on the following Monday.

A hard close might sound like this: It’s been a long time since I felt this comfortable about an opportunity and want you to know that I am looking forward to entertaining an offer and would like to begin discussing preliminary details as soon as possible.

FINALLY, SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Sometimes first and second interviews don’t always provide you with answers to all of your questions. That’s OK though. As long as you get an offer. Once you get an offer the tide turns. Up until the employer makes a decision to hire you, you have very little leverage to push for confidential or sensitive information or to ask tough questions about politics, vacations, work hours etc… to aid you in your final decision.

With an offer in hand, you now have a position of strength. Getting an offer puts you in the drivers seat and gives you the right of first refusal. With a decision made the employer becomes motivated to answer all your questions thoroughly and will feel much more comfortable bringing you in on the inner details of the company because they feel you’re worth trusting and worthy to share more intimate details with, because they expect you’ll shortly be joining the team.

No one’s got the right to push you, let alone the ability to force you to accept an offer, so if you still have questions now is the time to outline them. Be prepared to ask all of your remaining questions during the offer stage. Also, complete your process of questioning the company quickly so as not to drag out the acceptance process more than a day or two after the offer is made.

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