3 Stupid Mistakes On Your Interview Follow Up Email


Job hopping is so commonly practiced these days without regret that it is really starting to appear like the only way to get a pay raise is to change employers.

In some mindboggling situations that challenges how we see the world, you will even notice that the colleagues who quit and leave get offered a 20% salary increment just to come back.

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So you can actually lean back and forget about the last 2 years when you were pestering your boss for a pay raise. You can dramatically cut down the lead time to 2 minutes just by telling your boss that you are resigning and show him the new offer and better terms being offered another company. You will achieve 4 times the effect if your new prospective employer is a competitor.

Such is the corporate world these days that many employers do not value their staff as much as they deserve to. They often squeeze loyal employees as much as they can believing that there are intangible factors that makes people want to stay in a workplace.

However, no matter what are the strong factors Human Resource feels are retaining staff, it often does not apply to the CEO. They are somehow fully expected to barter their loyalty and expertise with compensation. What an irony. They very people at the top who supposedly walk the talk for the rest to follow are the most motivated by money and nothing else.

This is why you should not feel embarrassed or ashamed for leaving your employer if the sugar they give you does not include what you think is a fair pay package. You could be doing this to really switch work environments, or you could just be using this as a surgical strike to get a good increment.

Whatever the case, the first step you should do is to arrange for interviews.

If you are an experienced jobseeker, you will probably not be fazed by interviewers or panels. Just attend them, answer questions on where you think you will be in 5 years, talk about your experience, and go. They will then contact you if they like what they see in you.

However as times change and more headhunters need to show their expertise, the concept of the follow up email was conceptualized. This is still only a young concept of less than 20 years as emails do not exist 20 year ago. At least it surely does not exist the way we know it today.

This concept is basically just sending an email to the interviewers after the meeting to say what a pleasure it was to meet them. But come on. We know these interview follow up emails are meant for reasons far beyond informing them how pleasurable it was just from conversing with them.

This email, if you choose to send it, will not necessarily get you the job. But it can definitely hamper your chances if your do it wrong. Which leads me to wonder why we choose to sabotage ourselves this way. Here are 3 of the most stupid mistakes you can make.

1) Using you current employers email address

Can you get any lamer than that? These people are going considering to hire you and you are using your current employer’s resources to find a new employer?

It shows a lack of respect and your new boss might not want to take the risk of hiring someone who would use precious company resources for personal matters. Yes, everyone knows that company resources are used all the time for personal matters. But to show it off the bat before getting hired is a turn off as bad as digging your teeth on a first date.

2) Concede employment terms

As the days tick by and you get more nervous about whether you are going to get the job or not, you could include in your email message how willing you are to compromise on your demands.

Doing this is jumping the gun prematurely.

A respectable company has no qualms about hiring quality over good value. If you are good enough, they will pay you and they will even be willing to pay you way over what you are asking for. Stick to your guns and restrain yourself from depriving yourself of what you deserve.

3) Explain yourself about interview performance

You might have done something wrong or said something wrong during the interview.

That has passed. You have to let it go.

Emailing the interviewers to inform them of your bad day is not going to help you. It can only harm you. You are basically telling them you can let your own matters affect your performance at work. It also communicates that the person who showed up for the interview might not be who she really is. If that is so, then the evaluation score can be truncated. The only place your resume belongs to now is with the trash.

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