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The Perfect Follow-Up: How to Send The Perfect "Thank You" Email and Get The Job Offer!

Have you been relentlessly searching for a job or internship, but it feels like no one is responding to you?


Are you getting "ghosted" by companies even when you feel as if you are an excellent candidate?


I have experienced the exact same issue dozens of times.


I reached out to companies. Interviewed for the position. Waited a week with no response. Waited another week with no response. And would eventually come to the conclusion that the company was not interested.


However, recently I followed up after an interview with a company that I applied to for a summer internship, and guess what... I got a response.


The company thought my note was so great that I got an offer for the position.


Most people NEVER send a follow-up or "thank you" after their interviews and it almost ALWAYS ends with a negative outcome about the job position.


We are living in a time where you are competing with dozens, if not hundreds, of other applicants.


As an interviewer, it can be very difficult to judge who is the "best fit" for the role.


Sometimes, what makes the difference is showing that you genuinely care about the company and getting the job.


So, today I am going to share with you the draft of a follow-up that I send after EVERY interview to stand out amongst the competition and ultimately get an offer.


There are 3 things to always include in a follow-up letter or email.


1) A Genuine Thank You

First off, this is a thank you letter.


While you are writing this email to ultimately get the job offer, you also should express your gratitude to the interviewer for taking time out of their day to interview you!


An example of this could look like this...


"I wanted to send a note your way to thank you for taking the time to interview me for the XYZ position. I appreciated you asking about XYZ hobby, and hearing about what this role entails. It sounds like an excellent opportunity that would certainly serve as a stepping stone to a future career in XYZ."


The "thank you" part of the letter is crucial as it shows the recruiter that you are grateful to have been considered for the position. Whether you get it or not!


2) Expression of Interest


The second part of your email should always include an expression of interest.


What do I mean by this?


Show the recruiter that you genuinely are interested in this position over another job at some other organization.


Why is this position special compared to every other job posting on the internet?


The recruiter knows that every person who is interviewed wants the position.


But, who really wants THIS SPECIFIC job? Show them you do by expressing interest.


It looks like this...


"Additionally, I wanted to express my interest for this role as I greatly enjoyed our conversation. XYZ Company is an excellent organization that values XYZ and XYZ (research what the company values!) and this opportunity would certainly serve as a stepping stone to a future career in XYZ."


Again, this is just an example. Feel free to play with the wording to make it sound like YOU.


3) Ask to Help


I highly doubt the company is ever going to need your help in choosing an applicant haha.


But, showing that you are ready and willing to work shows that you take initiative.


And, initiative is something that most people don't share with others. Even when they have it!


But, it is something that every organization wants to see people have.


This can look like...


"Again, thank you very much for considering me for the XYZ role. If there is anything I can do in the meantime, please let me know."


It is that easy!


So, now that I've shown you an example of the 3 most important things to include in a follow-up email, let's put it all together.


"Hello Amanda,


James John here. I hope the rest of your Wednesday is going well. It was great to be introduced to you this afternoon (over video)!


The purpose of this email is to thank you for taking the time to have a conversation with me regarding the Capital Markets internship at Real Estate Company. This position would certainly be an excellent opportunity and one that would serve as a stepping stone to a future career in the commercial real estate industry.


If there is anything that I can do in the meantime, please let me know.


Again, thank you very much for considering me for the role and I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great week!


Best,


James John"


And that is all you have to do!


From now on, utilize these three tips when writing your follow-up emails.


It will help you to stand out amongst the crowd and ultimately, get the job offer!


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