Thank You Notes for Group Interviews!

This post originally published by Ashley Ellis at: http://www.ashleyellis.com/2012/11/how-to-send-thank-you-letters-to-group-interviews/

 

With group interviews becoming commonplace, job seekers are adjusting to expectations as they address their responses to several people. Though the interview dynamics change from the one-on-one structure to that of a group, the basics are still the same: be prepared, be professional, and be personable. After the interview is over though, you may be wondering: how do you handle a thank you letter with more than one interviewer?

As always, you need to be prompt. If you decided to send an email, make sure you send it out in a few short days after the interview. If you are looking for added bonus points and go the traditional snail mail route, get your letters out the day of or one day after. That way, your interaction is still fresh on their minds and your letter builds powerful goodwill as each recipient reads your fresh words of gratitude. Having grabbed a business card from each interviewer, the message should go straight to where it needs to be.

From there, the most effective strategy is to send a personal letter to each member of the group. Regardless of the size (be the group 2 or 10 person teams), you need to thank every member equally. That way, when you enter as the newest member of the team, there will be zero animosity from any unintended slights.

The thank you letter, for all intents and purposes, should appear to be personal. Stock letters are always out of the question but a letter with slight variations from person to person is perfectly acceptable. Hit on all the major points across the board but address the specifics from each interviewer in a personal way. This will show that you are attentive and already working to build business relationships that will last.

When you finish off each letter, you should redouble your efforts to express your interest in the position and offer each person the opportunity to ask you any further questions. That way, when the thank you letter is added to the whole picture of your candidacy, each group member will see a unified theme – your genuine dedication to their cause – and do their best to bring you into the company fold!

by James Walsh

3 Ways to Avoid Job Scams

This article by James Walsh was originally published on the Ashley Ellis website at :

http://www.ashleyellis.com/2012/10/3-ways-to-avoid-job-scams/

Your identity may be at stake. Keep safe while searching the job market by following these 3 simple steps!

Scams advance with technology and job market scams are no different. They’ve evolved with the internet, allowing crafty scammers to take advantage of job seekers by using job board postings to steal precious, personal information. Fake openings are designed to be too good to pass up but with some keen observation, you can pick out the real positions from the fakes.

Pay attention to details: When reading the initial message, review the content & grammar of the response. Check for missing words and glaring grammatical mistakes. Most human resource directors and hiring managers take pride in their companies and want to depict them in the most professional light. The occasional mistake can be overlooked (we’re all human) but once you get past a couple errors, proceed with care and make certain you do your homework.

Research the company: A quick web search can provide you the answers you need. If the company doesn’t have a website, it probably is a good indicator that you’re dealing with a scam artist (and an inept one at that). Though there are some companies that prefer privacy, most conformed to this web norm during the opening years of the 21st century. So always be wary of limited web information.

Other scammers can put together passable websites but that illusion can be torn down with a quick visit to the Better Business Bureau or Federal Trade Commission website. Both watchdogs keep tabs on scammers and can provide you with great resources. When a company checks out with either organization, you’re normally in the clear to go through with the application & interview process.

Avoid upfront Social Security requests: Scam artists go for broke with the time they have and focus upon the most precious information: your Social Security number. In most cases, your Social Security number should not be provided to a potential employer before an offer is placed on the table. That information is usually just needed to establish payroll and set up your employment records, so you should always be cautious about frivolous Social Security number requests. At the very least, several interviews should have taken place and the company should have mustered up to your fraud research. Always remember: your identity is more important than an uncertain dream.

Bottom Line: You can never be too careful. As the saying goes, “if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.” With so many opportunities in your sights, it can be difficult & time consuming to run every job opening through a scam check. If you find this process too difficult, reach out to a BBB certified staffing agency and allow them to eliminate scams for you. Either way, by independently avoiding scams or using the time-saving efforts of professional staffers, you are safeguarding your reputation until a legitimate offer worth your talent comes around.

by James Walsh