DEAR BG - INTERVIEWS
Q: When is a good time to get into contact with a company you have previously worked with?
A: “Great question! It is so important to stay on your employer's radar. Make sure you connect every three months. There are a couple of ways to do so. One great way is to send a holiday greeting. Whether it be sending chocolates at Christmas or writing a New Year’s card, your employer will be able to see how interested you are in the company. Another easy way to stay in contact is to send an article that your employer would be interested in. For example, if your employer is into architecture, send them a recent article and say “ I saw this article and thought of you”. Even if they don’t respond, they will be thinking about you when they see your name in their inbox!” - Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
Q: I sent an email to a prospective employer about a week ago and still haven’t heard back. What is the right way to reach out to see if they have gotten my email?
A: “It is so important to go about this in a professional manner. First of all, do not just show up at the office to get answers. Make sure you are doing this over email. Two weeks after the original email is sent is when you should be following up. It is important to send the emails on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. There is a greater chance of getting a response on those days compared to a Monday or Friday. When sending the email, make sure you start off saying something like ”I know you are super busy” instead of “ did you get my email”. That shows you recognize they have responsibilities other than responding to you email. You should send the message in the original message thread and make sure you say “I just want to follow up on my last email (See message below)”. That way they don’t have to go searching for the original message. If you don’t get a response after the third time, give up." - Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
Q: I am going on an informational interview at a coffee shop next week and I would like to pay for their coffee? What do I do if they won’t let me?
A: “What a great gesture! It is so important to show a genuine effort in getting to know the person you are interviewing and that all starts with making small gestures like paying for a coffee. After their first refusal, try again and let them know how much this meeting means to you and the least you could do is pay for their coffee. If they still don’t let you, give up after the second try. They will be able to see the effort you are making and will be impressed. Good luck!"
- Rachael Bozsik CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
Written by: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern