When Did You Last Send a Thank You Note After a Job Interview?
This may sound like a ridiculous question, but stop: think about it.
When did you last send a thank you note to an interviewer after a job interview? Have you ever? ...and why not?
Thank you notes in everyday life may have sadly become a thing of the past, but they offer a great way to keep you in the forefront of an interviewer's mind after you've met with them, and could be the difference between getting a second interview or not, or even getting the job. It's just good manners after all.
Admittedly, thank you notes conjure up images of flowery cards and wedding stationery, but email gives it a whole new spin with new possibilities.
Imagine: you had a good interview, you're happy that things went well and you'd like to continue the conversation so you can land that second interview they mentioned or at least show you liked the role and the company. You could call them up in a few days but busy people can be difficult to get a hold of on the phone, so a thank you email could be just what you need.
Assuming you have the interviewing manager's email address - and if you don't, we've got an article coming soon to help you - don't send your message immediately after the interview. Wait until the next day. That gives you time to consider what you want to say and doesn't appear jarringly desperate when the interviewer sits back down at his computer and your email arrives five minutes after he showed you out. Think about what you discussed with them and use that in the note. Most importantly, thank the interviewer for their time and for giving you the opportunity to discuss the role in person. Offer to come back any time if they would like to speak again and tell them you look forward to hearing from them.
Your thank you email shouldn't really be a persuasive communication but just a human interaction - a nice person saying thank you and making it clear that you would like the conversation to continue.
Not many people think of sending thank you emails nowadays. It won't even occur to most people to do the homework to get the interviewer's email address. That marks you out as someone who'll go a bit further, has manners and is keen on the role. In today's competitive job market, it can be the little things that give you the edge.
Article Added: 06/08/2014
Posted By: Paul Docherty