Question: What are your two best tips that will guarantee a second interview–if not a job?
Answer: 1. Build rapport. People have to like you before they hire you. The way to get asked back is to build rapport. It is all about finding common ground. I tell the people I counsel that everyone has at least one thing in common with the people that they need to reach. Find it. Do your research and find out as much as possible about the person you are going to meet. Learn about where they went to school, what is their favorite food or sport, and where do they live. Learn as much as possible and then focus on the one or two things that you share in common. With the Internet research tools available, you can find out a lot about someone in an hour’s worth of searching. The thing you share with the employer becomes the foundation for building rapport and a relationship….it almost always gets a follow up interview.
2. Much easier but almost always NOT done, send a thank you note. Not an email. A real piece of paper with a hand written note. It adds a personalized touch in an ever more impersonal world…again…not a guarantee, but it comes close.