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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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So, I had an excellent interview last Monday with a major botanical society...they have a very rare position opening up and they were very interested in me! My interviewee gave me her business card and said that if I have any questions or want to contact later, please do feel free to call or email her. I really want to make contact again and make more of a mark on them. But what should I say? I can't call and say "Have you hired me yet"...and it seems pretentious to just email and say "Hi!".

So...any recommendations?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 12:17 PM
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Re: Job advice?

You could say something about how nice it was to meet the person during the interview, and thank her for her time. It doesn't have to be a long email, just something to get your name back in her head.

How exciting that you might get this job. Where is it located? All our paws are crossed for you!!


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Re: Job advice?

The traditional procedure would be to write a thank you note, thanking them for the interview, and telling them how much you would enjoy working for them. Remind them of the assets you have that will benefit the botanical society. Ideally, that note should be mailed as soon as you get home. This might seem too formal for the computer age, but there is much to be said for tradition. I hope you get the job!




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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 12:51 PM
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Re: Job advice?

A thank you note is the way to go. Thank you emails are now acceptable. If you send it snail mail it would take 2-3 days to receive it, so I typically send an email 2-3 days after an interview so they're reminded of you again after a little time has gone by. It's been a week, but I'd get one out today. Thank you again for your time, I enjoyed our conversation about abc (something you discussed that personalizes it), I'm really interested in the job because of xyz, hope to hear from you soon etc. No more than 2-3 short paragraphs. Include your contact info in your signature.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 01:01 PM
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Ditto, a thank you note or e-mail is the way to go. As someone who was in HR for 15 years until recently, let me just say the thing not to do is pester them about the status of the job, whether they've hired anyone yet, or anything else like that. Those people are just nuisances to HR departments that are probably too busy and understaffed already. It'll work against you, not for you!


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 01:47 PM
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I would agree with the e-mail. I wonder if my thoughts as to why, might have some truth to it? With an e-mail, she may leave it in her in-box, and come back to revisit it again, like I do with some of my e-mails. With a card, she may set it down, get it mixed in with some other papers, and forget about it. Just another way to view it I guess.

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