The Email After Job Interview – Don’t Fall For That One
Do you get this after a job interview asking about decision making skills? Maybe the person who interviewed you is not happy with your answers, or they are trying to bait you into saying something they can use against you in the future.
It’s important to stay calm and let your best ideas come out of your head so that your best thoughts don’t get put on paper in someone else’s mind. The only reason they should be on paper is to try to influence the outcome of the interview and make you say something that you didn’t really mean. In that case, it’s your prerogative to bring up the idea again later at another interview.
Don’t let it matter what you say because it won’t. The person who wrote the response is only there to get feedback from you as to how well you handled the interview. They should be satisfied if you have done all right, and they will never use their response against you again.
But, it’s true that some people find it awkward to ask questions during interviews. I have actually seen some candidates turn down interviews because they were so nervous that they just sat there with their mouth open when the interviewer asked them a question. It’s not a good look on your part if you end up doing that.
Emails are the best way to get the information out at the same time that you are not there to listen to it. Also, you should use as much detail as possible about what your accomplishments have been. When I am interviewing, I give you several options and ask you for details. Some will not agree to give you any of their personal information, so you will want to explain why you need that.
Don’t include anything personal, like your first name, address, cell phone number, or the like, unless you really have to and it is needed to allow the other person to respond. It is also important to avoid what I call the “bulls–t” emails. They might have something that is completely false, but they will go to great lengths to get it out in front of you in hopes that you will believe their story.
Don’t judge someone based on what they write in an email. That is also a little bit like sending anonymous emails to your friends and family, which is a common practice on the Internet. People should not be using that to their advantage.
The person doesn’t care about what you think, but their friends and family do. Your friends and family will appreciate the honesty that your email is showing and they will be proud of you.
Before you send the email, I suggest you read some articles that are written by others who have used the same situation as you are in. Read them and see what they had to say and take some of their advice.
Don’t judge your friend or family member until you have a chance to get to know them better. Use the time you spend emailing as a chance to build a strong friendship. If you try to be overly polite, people won’t have time to take advantage of that and may begin to resent you.
Spend the time necessary to email each other. The more you get to know someone in person, the easier it will be to get along. With emails, you can be quite blunt with each other and avoid any feeling of getting “f–ked.”
Don’t let anyone use their email after job interview asking about decision making skills. If you do get a rude email, or your email gets taken, that is when you will really understand how important it is to set the stage for you to be able to communicate in a respectful manner.