Before starting a new position these days, one usually has to submit to the interview process. At the interview, you learned a little bit about the employer and the company, and they learned a little bit about you. Perhaps you decided at the interview that you want the position.

Before you leave, make sure you ask what the next steps will be. Also grab their business card.

1. Write a thank you note

My advice to people who interview is, “If you don’t want the job, don’t write a thank you note”

Simply put, the thank you note won’t guarantee a job, but not writing one will guarantee not getting it.

The format of a thank you note is as follows:

  • Tell them that this is a quick note to thank them for the interview.
  • Tell them you enjoyed meeting them and you appreciated their style of questions and that they gave you an opportunity to ask questions as well.
  • BRIEFLY remind them who you are.
  • Thank them and say, “I hope our paths cross again soon.”
  • Say goodbye.

If you learn that they will be interviewing for the next three days, write the thank you note, print it, put it in an envelope, seal it, put a stamp on it, and mail it. It should arrive right after they finish interviewing. Perfect timing and a perfect time to jog their memory.

If they are rounding up the interviews that day, email it.

2.  Follow-up

Wait for a few days, but, to use a double negative for dramatic effect,  don’t do nothing. Hit the Internet and do some research. Find an article that is related to their business or interest, and after a few days, include it in a follow-up note.

3. Do more research

Are you linked to any employees at that company? If so, use the social network to see whether you can generate some buzz about yourself.

4. Cut your losses and move on.

If you have done all the aforementioned steps and you didn’t get any feedback from your interview, ask yourself whether  it was worth it. You could probably get away with all sorts of other antics such as sending regular emails that might produce a negative effect which could reverberate through yopur industry. Remembers that HR people talk to each other, and if one feels like they’re being stocked. Others may hear about it  – lessening your chances for future success.

5. Get ready for your next interview.

Keep working on your presentation. Edit some of the responses you use for the standard interview questions. Ask yourself this, “Do I really need to tell that joke about the vampire and the ballerina?”

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.





  1. energyw Says:

    Great advice. A lot of younger people think a thank you note is old-fashioned and not important in this time. I’ve been thanked for sending a thank you note.
    Also – #4 is “stocked” supposed to be “stalked?”

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