The Power of the Post Interview Thank You Note. How to Seal the Deal!

Fairwinds Blog Arte of the Thank You Note

Writing a solid Thank You Note can be scary business for many candidates. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to read tons of Thank You Notes and to provide insights for candidates as to the value of doing so. It’s one of those odd things. Add too much detail or make it too lengthy and you’ve lost your competitive edge, particularly if you’ve unintentionally showed the hiring manager a flaw in your writing skills. On the flipside, not writing a Thank You Note can be equally detrimental and could very well be the end of your candidacy.

 

A Thank You Note should be well thought out. Don’t rush it! The note serves as a strategic tool in adding another data point as to why you’re the right individual for the position. Below are some things to think about when crafting a Thank You Note after an interview.

 

It’s good form. It’s always good form to thank an interviewer for their time in discussing a position. That may seem obvious to most folks, but what many miss is the amount of time and effort on the other side of the fence to coordinate multiple schedules with the interview team to talk with you. Essentially they’re being asked to step away from their full-time job with all of its demands and deadlines, to chat with someone they don’t know. For consulting firms in particular this can be quite costly. That is, to remove a consultant from billable time for example. After all, time is money!

 

Make it meaty. Is not uncommon for candidates to CC me on their Thank You Notes that they send to hiring managers. It’s usually at this point in the interview I either smile (thumbs up) or cringe (BIG Thumbs down). The ones that are most impressive are those who have recapped the essence of their interview/conversation in written form.

 

This shows the hiring manager that you were attentive during the conversation, that you can recap conversations (typical in daily business life), and provides them with an ad-hoc writing sample. The poor thank you notes are those that simply say… “Thank you for your time and looking forward to next steps”. Further, this is also your opportunity to take what you’ve learned during the interview and map your skills to the position’s requirements, thereby showing the hiring manager that you are the best choice. For example, “…we discussed this…, that… and the other thing… and my skills here…, here… and over here… would be beneficial because of this… and that….”

 

The follow up answer maneuver. The other important reason for a Thank You Note is that it provides you with an opportunity to re-answer a question in an interview that perhaps you didn’t answer as well as you could have. For many of us we do our best thinking upon reflection. We all have said it to ourselves one time or another, “I shouldn’t have answered that question that way. I know better than that, what was I thinking?” A good thank you note gives you an opportunity to go back in time to restate your answer(s).

 

And don’t forget! Add a signature. Remember also that this is business correspondence and it should be inclusive of a signature at the bottom of your email. As you may recall from high school business communication class there’s the date, salutation, body, and signature. Nowadays in the world of Internet cyber communication, it’s equally important to sign your name and include your contact details as the closure to your Thank You Note. It looks and feels much more professional.

 

Never do this! Don’t send pictures of your family regardless of how great and friendly was the conversation with the interviewer. For instance your kids dressed in a costume or you on the beach. Don’t laugh! I’ve seen it.

 

 

Dan Counts Founder Fairwinds RecruitingDan Counts, Founder of Fairwinds Recruiting (Twitter @FairwindsRcrtg) is a recruiter/coach for candidates and clients, specializing in the software and consulting industries for Enterprise Performance Management (Oracle/Hyperion), Cloud ERP, Business Intelligence, Data Science/Big Data, Cyber Risk Security, Sales, and Product Management. His hands-on positive style as an advisor to candidates and clients provides an environment for redefining the recruitment experience one placement at a time, resulting in better long-term matches. Residing in Monterey, CA near Silicon Valley, he works with boutique firms to large companies nationwide. In his free time he enjoys sailing, hiking/walking, woodworking and most recently home coffee roasting. You can check out his website at www.fairwindsrecruiting.com.

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Hyperion Planning Essbase Job in San Francisco CA

Hyperion Planning  Essbase  Consultant Job
Based in:
San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles/Orange County

 

A Hyperion/ Oracle Implementation consultancy in San Jose, CA has a job opening for a Hyperion Planning Consultant and Essbase Developer

The ideal candidate will have  technical, business analysis and communication skills to join their growing consulting team. In this high-profile consultant position and you will work closely with their clients’ senior management, business users including finance managers and IT staff to design and implement mission-critical Budgeting Planing and/or Consolidations solutions utilizing Hyperion Planning / Essbase and Hyperion Financial Manager (HFM) as well as related tools.

Utilizing your communication skills and ability to understand client needs, you will craft functional requirements and specifications. Leveraging your software expertise and business modeling experience, design and develop customized Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase solutions. Additionally, document the solutions and train users and administrators.

 

Job Requirements

A proven track record of at least 3 years designing and implementing solutions in Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning (version 11.x required, System 11), ideally including the Workforce Planning and Capital Asset Planning modules.  Expertise should include business requirements analysis, solution design and development, integration with data sources, implementation of security and workflow, and performance tuning.

  • Thorough experience with Hyperion’s reporting tools, i.e. Web Analysis, Financial.
  • Reporting, and SmartView.
  • Knowledge of EPMA for Outline management as well as Essbase Studio is strongly desired.
  • A plus if  implementation experience with other products in the Hyperion EPM Suite.

 

Additional Desires:

  • Financial analysis and modeling
  • Ability to understand “business” as well as “IT” and to derive clarity from ambiguity when gathering business requirements
  • Very effective communication skills, in speaking and writing
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Self-motivated, yet enjoys working as a member of a team
  • Ability to grasp the big picture while assuring the details are in place
  • Strong client-centric attitude and desire to deliver outstanding value

 

Conducted by  Dan Counts, Fairwinds Recruiting

Contact us for more details:

 

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Hyperion HFM Senior Administrator Developer Orange CA

The client is a leading medical supply company located in Southern California that manufactures and distributes a wide variety of medical products.  Their product offerings are consistent sales and technology leaders in the dental restorative, orthodontic, endodontic, implant, and infection prevention marketplace.

Job Description

The client has been using Hyperion software for 15 Years.  They have been using HFM and FDM based suite of applications nearly 8 years and currently on version 11.2.2.1.  The installation is managed within the finance department, their HFM user community will grow from 120 to 165 users by the end of this year as they add complimentary medical imaging and equipment businesses into their Hyperion installation.

 

They are looking for a highly competent and talented individual to perform all HFM administrator functions, with additional experience in infrastructure support.

 

Essential job skills

A successful candidate will have the knowledge, experience, and flexibility needed to perform the following:

·       Administration, maintenance and continued development of the Hyperion Systems.

·       Metadata and data load processes, including validation, to confirm quality and accuracy.

·       Manage HFM user security with efficient strategies.

·       HFM Rules file maintenance and periodic development.

·       Provide support and training as necessary to end-users.

·       Perform process and technical analysis and problem resolution.

·       Coordinate HFM software installs, upgrades and patch management as needed.

·       Perform technical testing for upgrades and new system software.

·       Work closely when needed with IT System Engineers and Oracle DBA’s to maximize   performance and stability.

·       Work time flexibility during our month end close cycle.

 

Beneficial Experience Desired

·       EPMA enabled applications with Calc Manager

·       Hyperion Planning and Essbase

·       FDM

·       DRM

·       ODI

 

For more details contact Dan, Hyperion Recruiter at Fairwinds Recruiting.

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Hyperion Planning Essbase Sr. Consultant Job USA

A Hyperion/ Oracle Implementation consultancy in California has a job opening for a Sr. Hyperion Planning/ Essbase Consultant located in any U.S. city.  The ideal candidate will have  technical, business analysis and communication skills to join their growing consulting team. In this high-profile consultant position and you will work closely with their clients’ senior management, business users including finance managers and IT staff to design and implement mission-critical Budgeting Planing and/or Consolidations solutions utilizing Hyperion Planning / Essbase and Hyperion Financial Manager (HFM) as well as related tools.

Utilizing your communication skills and ability to understand client needs, you will craft functional requirements and specifications. Leveraging your software expertise and business modeling experience, design and develop customized Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase solutions. Additionally, document the solutions and train users and administrators.

Job Requirements 

A proven track record of at least 3 years designing and implementing solutions in Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning (version 11.x required, System 11), ideally including the Workforce Planning and Capital Asset Planning modules.  Expertise should include business requirements analysis, solution design and development, integration with data sources, implementation of security and workflow, and performance tuning.

  • Thorough experience with Hyperion’s reporting tools, i.e. Web Analysis, Financial.
  • Reporting, and SmartView.
  • Knowledge of EPMA for Outline management as well as Essbase Studio is strongly desired.
  • A plus if  implementation experience with other products in the Hyperion EPM Suite.

Additional Desires:

  • Financial analysis and modeling
  • Ability to understand “business” as well as “IT” and to derive clarity from ambiguity when gathering business requirements
  • Very effective communication skills, in speaking and writing
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Self-motivated, yet enjoys working as a member of a team
  • Ability to grasp the big picture while assuring the details are in place
  • Strong client-centric attitude and desire to deliver outstanding value
Presented by  Dan Counts, Fairwinds Recruiting

To apply email us

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Software Product Manager Job EPM SaaS/Cloud Software San Francisco Bay Area (SFO)

An EPM hosted/cloud based software company, is seeking a full-time Sr. Product Manager to join their product management team.  This individual will be responsible for gathering requirements, translating them into implementable stories, and delivering high quality products to the enterprise performance management market for a new product that will complement their existing suite of products.  The right candidate will be able to develop detailed specifications, communicate their business value across the organization and aggressively drive the iterative releases to their customers.  If you want to move fast, experience exceptional growth, and make an impact on the enterprise performance management market this is the position for you.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Defining product roadmap and setting engineering priorities.
  • Writing and sharing functional specifications with the development and quality assurance (QA) teams.
  • Designing new functionality with engineering and UX teams.
  • Evangelizing product vision and benefits to customers, partners and internal stakeholders.
  • Working with Marketing to create compelling product messaging internally and to the broader market.
  • Analyzing competition and defining differentiated requirements.
  • Evaluating product performance & utility of features with internal (support, services, sales) and external stakeholders (e.g. customers, partners).
  • Lead research in areas in which the company is innovating.

 

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience leading Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Application software development projects.
  • 5+ years experience as a Product Manager, Program Manager, or consultant having implemented enterprise software in a Finance, Operations, or Sales department.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Business Management, Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Experience with defining user interface concepts, including conceptual discussions, review of wireframes/mockups, and final decision making.
  • Understanding of majority of following concepts: continuous planning, statutory consolidations, financial analytics and visualization, data integration, multi-dimensional modeling, financial reporting.
  • Proven ability to define and communicate product requirements to a broad audience (engineers, quality assurance, marketing, senior management), leveraging both verbal and written methods of communication.
  • Independent thinker and self-starter that is able to research and present findings with minimal direction.
  • Proficiency with following programs: MS Office, Atlassian Jira, Google Docs.
  • Experience with the SaaS development model, cloud computing, and specifically the practice of Agile development methodologies.

 

Personal Characteristics:

 

  • A strong detail-oriented problem solver.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic. Candidate will reject setbacks and enthusiastically persist until ambitious goals are achieved.
  • Be resourceful and innovative when tackling complex challenges in a sustainable, proactive fashion.
  • Passionate commitment to the Company and the profession. Furthers projects and the Company’s needs and implements a model of continuous improvement in both Company goals and project-related tasks.
  • Results-oriented team player, who leads by example, is accountable for own performance, takes absolute ownership of tasks, and champions all aspects of initiatives.
  • A high energy individual with a sense of urgency and an entrepreneurial attitude.  Able to react to situations quickly and decisively, possessing self-confidence when taking a position, not afraid to make decisions.
  • Flexible and adaptable to switch gears in various high-stress situations and quickly learn new technologies and adopt new methodologies.
  • Creative sensibilities and strong communication skills.
  • Self-starter – able to see what needs to be done and always willing to do it.
  • Able to maintain a sense of good humor and not get flustered.

Location:  San Francisco Bay Area,

For more information an to submit a resume about this position contact Dan

 

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