Writing the perfect thank-you after your interview

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Every email, every report, every memo that you write is a presentation. One piece of writing that can really determine your future, is the ever challenging thank-you note: After you’ve written the perfect cover letter and resume, made a great first impression and aced the interview,¬†you have one more chance to make it or break it!

Recently, I’ve been on the other side of the table, interviewing new grads for jobs as management consultants. And the other day I received the best follow up email, maybe in the history of thank-you notes! In fact it was so good, it turned an average candidate into an amazing one.

So what is the best way to send up a follow up note? Keep reading for some tips and tricks!

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Texas Style

“Texas Style” is a unique format of case competition presentations which has been likened to a board room. 2 minute intro, 20 minutes Q&A, 3 minute conclusion. Sound scary? Well it is!

As many of you know I am the Co-Chair of the Alberta Energy Challenge (AEC). AEC 2013 is a case competition that takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the University of Alberta. It brings together teams from all over North America to talk about current issues in energy. Teams get 36 hours to put together a presentation to solve a 1 or 2 page case.

One thing that seems to stump some teams time and time again is the Texas Style format. How on earth does a team prepare a PowerPoint slide deck for 20 minutes of open Q&A?!?!

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Overcoming Nervousness

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One of the biggest problems most new presenters have is the issue of nerves. Nerves make you talk too fast, forget what you mean to say, and at the worst, can even make you freeze up.

Believe it or not, even I get nervous sometimes! But thanks to a few easy tricks I tend to recover quickly enough that no one notices. And I’m going to share those tricks with you today!

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