I graduated from Westchester Community College in 2001. Being the class valedictorian, I was given the opportunity to speak at graduation. The opening of my speech went something like this, “When I graduated high school I did not go to college because I was 18 and knew everything. It wasn’t until my oldest daughter, Michelle, entered middle school that I realized this might not be so because she informed me that, not only did I not know everything but in fact, I knew nothing.” Perhaps some of you parents out there have received similar notice. If you have been told this recently, take heart, you will be smart again one day.
Back in January I wrote an article for this column titled, This is a suggestion I offered:
“There are occasions when the candidate that was offered the job does not work out. Maybe you were a close second candidate. If you ended the interview process on good terms you will likely get a call asking if you are still interested. Similarly, other jobs may open in the future. If you left a good impression you might be considered.”
This past month my advice was put to the test. My daughter Michelle interviewed for a job, was called back, but ultimately did not get the job. She was very disappointed. I shared my aforementioned pearls of wisdom. She followed my advice and wrote a professional thank you email thanking the interviewer for her time and expressing an interest in being considered for any future opportunities. A few weeks later she heard back from the company asking her to come back in. I am sure you can figure out the happy ending to this story since I clearly would not be writing about it I there wasn’t one. Now, I am not saying that the follow up email is the reason she got the job, but maybe it played a part. Obviously her experience, education and personality were what mattered most. The point is, treat the entire interview process professionally.
Well, I have to say it does feel good to be smart again. Michelle, I love you, I am very proud of you and I know you will do an awesome job at your new place of employment.