Reference previous interview or no?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BeckyS0:  I would apply and send a note to the original interviewer, telling her that you applied for this job and maybe ask her to send a reference to the hiring manager?

Post # 4
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

@leahthehun:  + 1 definitely do this!

Post # 5
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BeckyS0:  HR bee here.  Yes, I would refrence this, assuming that you are confident the previous interviewer was being honest.  (It sounds like she was.)

I’d make the first paragraph of my CL something like this:

Please accept my application for the position of XXX with the YYY department at ABC Universirty.  Recently, I was shortlisted adn second in line for a position with the ZZZ department and was encouraged to continue to apply for positionat at ABC University.  Based on my reserach and what I learned during the interview process I belive that I’m a strong fit for the culture and goals at ABC and am eager to have a chance to contribute to your mission of blah blah blah.

Then go into normal CL stuff about why you will be perfect for this job.

Post # 6
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@leahthehun:  +1.  I wouldn’t ask for a refrence per say, as this is really something that you do for someone you’ve actually worked with, but I’d send a note along the lines of,

“Hi previous interviewer,

I took what you had to say about continuing to keep an eye out for positions at ABC University to heart and have just applied for a position with the YYY department.  So who knows, we may work together soon!  Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the encouragement.

All the best,





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