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,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.
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.
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