As the Steelers were marching on their way to the Super Bowl a while ago, I had a candidate from Pittsburgh with the email address of “steelman”. The manager in charge chuckled after the final interview and asked me, “Did you see his email address? I’m pretty sure who he wants to win the game.” That email address made the candidate memorable in a good way.
If your email address is anything but your name, make sure it is memorable in a good way. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. The success of the person you hire will be directly linked to you and your career as a manager. There are three strong candidates and you can’t decide which one to hire. Your eyes stray to the email addresses. One is “ironwillsmith”, next is “bryandilts” and the third is “womanhaterjones”. I guarantee “womanhaterjones” will be eliminated. The other two will have a positive or neutral effect.
Be careful how your email address looks. It is hard to believe, but people actually try to find a job with obscene and hateful email addresses. If you have any doubt about the appropriateness of your address, sign up at gmail or yahoo for an address to use only for the job search.
Vanilla is fine. Positively memorable is fine. An Offensive email name may keep you from getting hired.
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It is probably not your problem, just check your email address anyway.
A very short email was sent out by a candidate after a brief phone screening for a top level job. I got a copy. It helped set that candidate apart from all the others in a quiet way. The next day that email was replied to with an invitation for an in-person interview. That’s a successful email. That email said, “Thank you for the chance to talk with you about your company and that opening.”
I admit it. The email did NOT get him the interview. His phone presence, background, cheerfulness and “can do” attitude got him the reply. Still, the “thank you” email helped.
100 applicants for a job is not unusual. Phone interviews with 10 solid candidates is common. Often the choice between the top 3 candidates is only based on chemistry, the feelings of the moment. So what can you do?
Send a thank you by email after every interview.
Also send a paper thank you.
Dwell on the positive.
Never complain about a previous job, boss or coworker.
Tell interviewers what you like about the job.
Ask for the next interview or for the job.
In the interview be the type of person you most like working with. After the interview, be thankful. That’s an unbeatable combination.
There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it? (Hubbard)