The Crucial Step You Need to Take After a Job Interview
Congratulations! You just did great on your interview because you prepared well and now you’ll simply relax and wait for the hiring manager to get back to you with the (hopefully) good news, right?
Wrong! You still have one crucial post-interview step to take: sending a thank you note.
A thank you note can distinguish a good candidate from a great one. It can make a lasting impression in the interview process and maybe even help you receive a job offer over other applicants. Unfortunately, many people often forget to send it.
Luckily, you now know better not to forget. Read on to get all the important details on writing and sending thank you notes.
When to send you your thank you email?
Timing is everything. You want the email to get to the receiver while he or she is still thinking about you. So aim to email your thank you message by the end of the day or within 24 hours after your interview. Anything later and your note will not have that much of an impact. That’s why we recommend writing and saving your thank you note in your drafts before your interview and sending it directly after you’re done.
Who to thank?
Ideally, you would send separate thank you emails to everyone who was at your interview or, at least, your main contact point.
Pro tip: during your interview, remember to write down the names of the people who are there so you could thank them later. Also, be sure to check that you got the correct spelling of their names by searching for them on LinkedIn or the company’s website. Alternatively, once the interview is over, you can ask the interviewers for their business cards.
What to write?
Your interviewer is most likely quite busy and will appreciate reading a quick email. So keep it short, simple and sincere.
Here’s a template you can use:
Thank you again for meeting with me today regarding the [Position Title] with [Company Name]. It was such a pleasure to learn more about the position. I’m even more excited about the opportunity to join your team, and I am confident I can be an asset to your company.
Please send my thanks to Person X and Person Y for their time and great questions.
I’m available for any follow-up questions that you may have and I look forward to hearing from you.