There is a lot of information about how to get ready for an interview, but what about the follow-up? It’s a good idea to send a thank you letter or email and here’s everything you need to know.
Writing a thank you email after an interview is an important part of the hiring process. In fact, some employers think less of those candidates who fail to send a quick follow-up email. And it is a simple as sending a thank you letter (or email) to let them know you appreciate being considered for the job.
Why is it important?
First of all, sending a thank you email is common courtesy. This shows your potential employer that you are polite and professional.
But not only that. Sending an email is a perfect way to restate why you are ideal for the position and it is also an opportunity to clear up any moments in the interview that didn’t go perfect. You can clarify an answer to a question or add more details if you feel you there were important things that weren’t mentioned during the interview.
When should it be sent?
Ideally, the thank you email should be sent within 24 hours of the interview. As some things might slip your mind, a good way of preparing for the email is by taking notes immediately after the interview ends, so write down all the things you consider are worth reviewing.
What’s the format?
Most employers are fine with just a quick emailed thank-you note, although some of them still prefer a handwritten or typed old-fashioned letter sent through regular mail.
Consider the organizational culture to determine which one you should go for and, once it’s decided, write a note having tour audience in mind and address your interviewer’s concerns. If they mentioned something about your skills or qualifications, this a great opportunity to provide a detailed description of why you would be a perfect fit for the role.
The thank you note should be a kind of a “sales” follow-up letter. This means that you need to restate why you want the position, show your interest and mention again why you would be able to make significant contributions. Remember to proofread carefully before submitting!