J.W. shared a question about his job search, asking:
“I just had a phone interview with a recruiter and I think it went well.
I want to send the Recruiter a thank you letter. However, I am not sure of the spelling of the Recruiter’s name.
How do candidates handle this situation? Can you provide any advice on this?”
Here are 6 ways to verify the spelling of the interviewer’s name:
- Get a business card: Don’t leave the interview without a business card. Even if you’ve written the interviewer’s name down – get their card.
- Google them: Google is a great dictionary. Google the name of the firm and the person’s first name (or part of their name). Many recruiters post job ads with their email as the contact – Google may turn these up.
- Check the company website: Some companies (esp. recruiters) will have a full directory of employees on their site.
- Search on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter: Especially effective for recruiters, as most use social networks and have profiles so candidates can find them.
- Search other online directories and social networks: Try Plaxo, ZoomInfo, Spoke, Jigsaw, Ning and others.
- Call: Call the main number, and get to a live person if an automated attendant answers. Tell the truth, that you interviewed and are trying to send thank you notes to people you spoke with – and you just need to confirm spelling of a name. Here are some hints at getting past an automated attendant: http://recareered.blogspot.com/2008/04/get-out-of-voicemail-hell.html.
Or you could just handle it like our friend Brennan …
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Join Career Change Central on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1800872
Email your request to phil.reCareered@gmail.com to enroll in a free group teleseminar “Accelerate Your Job Search – tools you can use”.
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