You’ve spent the last 72 hours preparing for the interview that’s just finished. As you press the grey down button at the lifts you breathe a sigh of relief. It’s time to relax and pat yourself on the back.
Well not quite yet.
There’s one more thing to do and that is send a thank you note.
Why you should send a thank you note after interview
Sending a thank you note can help you stand out from the other applicants (in a good way!). Not everyone sends a thank you note. If the hiring manager is finding it difficult to decide between two equally qualified, experienced and likable candidates a thank you letter could help you be selected for the job!
Sending a thank you letter is also the professional thing to do and it’s an opportunity to remind the decision makers what you’ve got to offer.
So when should you send it? Write your thank you note straight after the interview. That way when your note is received the meeting will still be fresh in the interviewers mind.
Email or snail mail?
Obviously an email is the fastest and most efficient way to send a thank you note. During my time as a recruiter I received cards from time to time which was a nice touch. However, part of the purpose of the thank you note is building on how you sold yourself at interview. Sending a card via snail mail will just mean it will take longer for you build on the positive impression which isn’t so helpful especially if the organisation is moving fast with the hiring process.
How to write your thank you note
Address the decision makers by name. If you were interviewed by more than one person send each one a note.
Tell them that you enjoyed meeting them and thank them for interviewing you and considering you for the role.
Then make some key pertinent dot points about why you’re a fit for the role. For example, you could remind them of some of your key achievements that are relevant to the problems the organisation is trying to solve.
Tell them that you’re looking forward to hearing from them and if they have any further questions not to hesitate to get in touch.
Include your contact details below your name.
When not to send a thank you note
If the interview was cut short and clearly did not go well, it’s unlikely you’ll change the mind of the decision makers if you send a thank you note. You’re better off focusing on your next opportunity and learning from the interview by assessing what you can do better next time.
If you decided during the interview that the role wasn’t for you and you told the interviewers but now you’ve changed your mind, it would be best to call and speak directly to the decision maker.
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