Speaking to Business Insider, Rod Adams says that although most candidates do follow up after their interview via email or handwritten notes, he is actually on the hunt for one thing…. Someone with great listening skills.
“When the follow-up is personal, that’s when it stands out,” Adams tells Business Insider. “They picked up on something in the conversation that they referred back to in the follow-up.”
So, how can you personalise your post-interview follow-up? Think back to what you discussed during the interview – perhaps you spoke about a book recommendation or an article relating to the topic you discussed with the interviewer. Include a mention or referral to the subject in your follow-up. Also, ensure you follow-up timeously (preferably on the same day of the interview) so that the conversation is still fresh in both of your minds.
In addition to this being more than a standard “thank you,” it demonstrates that you can listen and that you were engaged throughout the interview.
“That personal touch to the follow-up is something I see multiple candidates do that has been impactful,” Adams says.
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