After an interview, you may feel like the ball is in the hiring manager’s court and all you need to do is wait for the phone to ring (hopefully with an offer). Not so fast though –there is still one small, but very significant, step left to take. Sending a properly written thank you note to your interviewer(s) is the polite thing to do, but more importantly, it keeps your candidacy top-of-mind. A thank you note leaves a positive last impression and could even tip the scales in your favor if there were other strong finalists.
The thank you note can be written or emailed, although an email is a surefire way to ensure it gets to the right person immediately. Use your best judgment on what you gleaned from the culture and work environment to decide which is best. Whichever medium you select, send it out quickly (within a day or two of the interview) to each interviewer. The interviewer(s) will likely want to make a hiring decision in short order, so you want to make sure they have your impressive thank you note while they are deliberating.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when drafting your thank you note:
Keep it Short
Overall, the thank you note should be short and focused. At this point, the interviewer already knows all about you, so there’s no need to dive back into your full resume or write a novel about why you are deserving of the job. An articulate and concise note packs a punch.
Express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration. Actually writing those two little words (thank you) is a simple, but powerful way to convey that you are conscientious, courteous, and grateful for the opportunity they’re providing you.
Reiterate Interest and Ability
Reiterate that you enjoyed learning more about the position and that you remain interested in potentially joining the company. To bolster these sentiments, add a sentence or two about why you feel you would excel in the position. Be mindful that you want to come across as confident and capable, not arrogant and aggressive. Striking the wrong balance could put the interviewer off, and you don’t want to trip at the finish line.
End on a Good Note
Reaffirm that you look forward to hearing about any next steps. Offer to provide any additional information or answer any questions that may arise. Echoing your gratitude again at the closing doesn’t hurt either.
It is essential to follow up with a thank you note to your interviewer(s). A timely, pithy, and well-written thank you note could help you seal the deal and land the job.
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