Standing out from other ag job candidates doesn’t only happen by perfecting your resume and nailing the interview. If you want to stand out from other candidates during the interviewing process, sending a follow-up email shows how serious you are about the job. It is also an excellent opportunity to reinforce your strengths, interest, ask questions, and address concerns, if any, that came up during the interview. Don’t be someone who overlooks the follow-up email, stand out from other candidates and land your dream job. Here are 5 tips and examples on creating a follow-up email.
Tips for Creating a Follow-Up Email:
- Keep the email to the point.
- Send the follow-up email within 24 hours of your interview.
- Proofread your email. Have someone else proofread it as well.
- Add a question at the end of your email to hopefully ensure you receive a response, such as “When can I expect to hear back about the position?” or "Is there any other information I can provide?"
- Be patient when waiting for a response. Don’t send multiple follow-up emails. Sending multiple emails will come across that you lack confidence and don’t respect the farm or agribuisness's time.
Creating a Follow-Up Email:
Subject lines are important because it is the first thing the person will see. Keep it simple and to the point. Example subject lines:
- Thank you for your time!
- Thank you, [name of the person who interviewed you]
- Recent Interview for [position]
- Look forward to hearing from you!
- Excited about [position]
Use the body of the paragraph to greet the interviewer(s) by their first name. This makes the email personal and shows you were paying attention in the interview. The body of the paragraph should also include the job position and the date you interviewed. It's possible the ag recruiter or hiring manager could have interviewed many candidates over the last 24, so don’t assume the interviewer remembers you just by your name. Include that you are still interested in the position, you are excited about the opportunity, and are eager for the next steps in the interviewing process. If you have any questions or forgot to say something in your interview, this is a great time to address concerns or elaborate on your interview. Don’t forget to include your contact information in your follow-up email. Always end the body paragraph thanking the interviewer(s) for their time and consideration and that you are looking forward to hearing from them.
Always end the email with your signature. Example signatures:
- Sincerely, [Your Name]
- Best, [Your Name]
- Best regards, [Your Name]
- Thanks again, [Your Name]