Learn as much information about the agency as possible through their website before you interview. -Whether through email, phone, or an in-person contact, your interview begins during your first contact with the agency. Even if you are not speaking with the person who will be interviewing or hiring you, your conduct will be communicated to the employer. Be sure to contact your references prior to the interview/submission of your resume, so they know what you are applying for. It is useful to provide your references with:
Review the list on our website that lists common questions that employers ask during interviews, and consider your responses to these questions. It can be helpful to even practice your responses to these questions. Be prepared to answer questions that ask you to give examples of times when you have demonstrated key skills pertinent to the position. Conceptualize how you hope the interviewer to view you. Either describe this in brief or make a list of qualities and skills that will be useful when answering questions for which you have not prepared an answer.
The purpose of a post-interview thank you is to show appreciation for the opportunity to interview for the position, as well as remind the employer why you are a good candidate for the job.
First, thank the employer for the interview. This is always the beginning sentence. Now you take the opportunity to remind the interviewer of your qualifications for the position. If you forgot to mention something in the interview, do so now. If you're worried about being redundant you can say: "We discussed" or "To summarize our conversation" to help the employer recognize a previous conversation. Tell the employer that you look forward to hearing from them. This shows your enthusiasm. Thank them again for their time and consideration.
Thank you notes should be written on resume paper and formatted as a business letter, with the interviewer's name and information at the top, and your address and contact information below your signature. If sent electronically, the thank you should be in the body of the email, not sent as an attachment. Also, the interviewer's contact information should not be present but keep your contact information below your signature. (You want to make it as easy as possible for them to contact you about the job). Always address the person with whom you interviewed. If there were several interviewers, each one should receive a separate thank you.
There are pros and cons to sending your thank you electronically or as a hardcopy. Email: Received immediately by employer Employer can automatically respond to your email Easy to ignore electronic messages Not as visually appealing Hard-Copy: Can be visually appealing on resume paper Hard copy letters are harder to ignore once received Time delay, could take several days to reach employer Employer must look up your information to respond.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106