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People often get confused at the difference between a follow-up letter and a thank you letter. A follow-up letter would be sent days or weeks have gone by after your interview and they are waiting for the decision. In the candidate’s mind they are wondering when they can expect a decision. The answer is simple – NEVER SEND A FOLLOW-UP LETTER! Here’s the reason.
What value does this add to the employer when you ask them when a decision will be made? The answer is obvious – NONE! You are just pestering them and people hate to be pestered. Odds are one of two things have transpired. Either they have not made a decision or they decided not to hire you. So use this opportunity to impress them and gain a competitive edge.
CALL them so you can have a conversation. This will build rapport and reemphasize your strengths. Begin by saying how excited you are about the opportunity, have given some more thought to the position and have some questions.
Now impress them with your insights and intelligence. It’s always best to ask questions that support your case. For example you might ask:
Is this position for the new plant you announced in your latest press release? You might remember I have been the plant manager at 2 startups and beat production goals in both companies.
See the difference? Instead of being a nuisance, you have reinforced your value proposition to the firm. This may be all it takes. It might make the difference between getting the position or missing out.