Thank You Cards
Let’s talk about pre- and post-interview etiquette for a minute.
Attire: Know the difference between business casual and business formal.
Cover Letter and Resumé: Address your cover letter with Dear/To [name of recruiter], instead of To whom it may concern. Make sure to look over your resumé for grammatical and spelling errors (trust me, dumb things happen to the best of us), and send/use the most appropriate version. I have a few different versions of my resumé on my laptop, and once made the mistake of sending my tech-geared one to a recruiter looking for finance interns. Let’s just say it didn’t end well.
Interview: Try not to cross your arms or fidget during the interview. I’ve seen people go into the interview room still chewing gum. I don’t think they got that position.
Thank you’s: This part is actually my favorite part of the process. Don’t feel pressured to write more than necessary; the person on the receiving end wants to read a novel crammed into a card as much as you want to write one. How often do you write – like physically write – a note or letter to someone? If you want to thank the interviewer immediately, use email, but make sure your email stands out! Generic emails are for squares, and I know you’re not a square. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I only started sending out thank you cards this year. I wish someone had told me to do this earlier. It really helps separates you from other applicants, and may even be the key to getting that job or internship you’ve been working towards.