We spend a lot of time focusing on preparing for an interview: what to wear, what to say, and when to arrive among many other things.
Distracted by everything else, candidates often miss out on one of the easiest and most effective ways of leaving a good impression. That old standby – the thank you note.
Although they may seem outdated at times, thank you notes continue to be one of the most effective ways to remain on the recruiter’s and hiring manager’s radar after your job interview.
These tips will help you master the art of the thank you note:
How to send:
- Nine times out of ten, the best method for following up is going to be over email. Unlike a phone call, this ensures that the manager can go back and review the letter when making their final decisions.
- If you’re working through a recruiter, make sure to send them a thank you note too and let them know you followed up with the hiring manager so they can take your lead in following up with them as well.
What to write:
- Say “Thank You!” Surprisingly one of the biggest faux pas out there is writing an enthusiastic note about the interview and forgetting those two keywords. This is not a follow up to see if you got the job, it’s a “thank you” and should be short and sweet. Refrain from asking questions in this note and don’t be too pushy in suggesting your qualifications.
- It’s always nice if you can refer to a moment from the interview or something particular about the position that you can reference to draw a connection to your particular interview. Again, one of the main goals is to make yourself stick out from all the other candidates.
- Use spell check!!! This might be the most redundant piece of advice you will hear involving the hiring process, but it will always be one of the most important reminders. Nobody likes a poor speller, especially not your new potential boss. It shows a lack of caring and will only be construed one way, poorly on you as a candidate.
- Keep it brief, professional, and to the point. Think of it as if you were writing it on an actual standard thank you note. There’s not enough room for a short story, so don’t write one just because you are emailing them. A quick reminder of your interest and appreciation for the interview is typically all it takes, as you should have already made your main impression during the interview.
Just remember, sincerity is always appreciated. Everyone likes to be thanked for their time and sending a thank you note is a kind and simple gesture to show your appreciation and interest in the opportunity. So long as you follow these tips, a thank you note is a sure-fire way to foster a good impression with the interviewer.