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Interview 911: Rescuing a Bad Interview

Bad job interviews are a dime a dozen. Nearly every job seeker has suffered through one interview that completely bombed. The most common way to loose a job opportunity is to undersell your skills.

However, you can save a bad interview and your chances of getting the job with a great follow-up letter.

A follow-up or thank you letter can re-sell your skills and show the interviewer that you are extremely interested in the position.

Kevin Dolin - an online career specialist - addressed the rescue letter in his article titled, "How to Save a Bad Interview." Here's his example of a great follow-up letter that can save the interview:

Dear Mr. Snodgrass,

Thank you for taking the time on Friday to interview me for the sales position.

I am very impressed with Widget Corp., from both a business and cultural standpoint. It is obvious to me that Widget has an exceptionally bright future and I would like to be an integral part of it.

You mentioned in our interview that a fast start is essential for the person you hire. Since history typically repeats itself, I have noted a few of my accomplishments in the military service and at my former employers listed below.

Marine Corps - I transitioned out of the Navy in 2003 as a lieutenant 0-3.

ACE Electronics - In my first year in the position, I ranked No.1 in the nation. I sold more electronics in the store than any other sales person.

DEF Consulting - In my first 90 days, I produced a Web project for $25,000 that turned into a $35,000 project.

There is no question I can do the same for you.

I hope the information is helpful and I look forward to taking the next step.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you didn't "wow" the interviewer the first time, a well-written follow-up letter can help get you a second interview or at least a call back. And, don't worry if you didn't get the job. You've shown the interviewer that you have great manners and don't give up easily.

What do you think? Can a follow-up letter save a bad interview? Talk about it on our discussion board.

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