You have put on your best suit, you nailed that job interview and now there is nothing left to do but kick back and wait to hear a response, right? Your work is not quite done yet. You should never underplay the importance of sending a sincere thank you note following the interview thanking the hiring manager for meeting with you. You can either drop off a note the next day at the office or send an email to the interviewer but regardless of how you send it, you should be certain it contains some key aspects.
First, you want to be completely sure you are spelling the interviewer’s name correctly. In order to make sure there are no typos, research online to get the correct spelling. After the interview is complete, you could also see about getting the hiring manager’s business card so that you have all their relevant information. Spelling their name incorrectly could be viewed as a sign of disrespect, so take the time to ensure everything is right.
Another important thing to remember is that your note does not have to be particularly long. Do not feel the need to compose some grand opus to the interviewer. Keep it short, simple and to the point. Simply sending a thank you is enough to impress a lot of employers since it shows that you have follow-through, and it furthers shows your desire to get the position. This is also a useful opportunity to reiterate your skills or to mention something that you forgot to bring up in the interview. If you send a thank you note and other applicants do not, then you instantly become much more memorable in the eyes of the hiring manager.
Tips for Writing a Great Thank You Note
Thank you letters should be viewed as an essential part of the interview process, and by utilizing the following pieces of advice you will craft an excellent note. First, you absolutely do not want to write your letter beforehand. It might be tempting to just hand the interviewer a thank you letter immediately following the meeting. You definitely do not want to do this because the hiring manager will know you are just handing him or her a generic letter that is not relevant to the conversation you just had. Feel free to wait until you get home to write your letter. Most employers will expect to receive some kind of thank you within 24 hours, so take your time to write something that will actually be meaningful to the employer.
Sometimes you will be interviewed by multiple people, and in these scenarios, you want to send a thank you note to everyone you came in contact with. However, you do not want to send the exact same letter to everyone. Elements of each note can be similar, but there should be something unique to every person you met.
Although the purpose of the thank you letter is to reiterate your appreciation toward the hiring manager for meeting with you, it is also a good idea to include information that was not mentioned in the interview. If there was an interview question you feel you did not quite answer to your liking, then this can be an opportunity to address it and give an answer you are more satisfied with it. Additionally, if there was a relevant skill or prior work experience you wanted to talk about but did not get the chance to, you can briefly discuss it in your note. This also helps with the personalization mentioned above.
Don’t Do This In Your Thank You Letter
Although a thank you note can be a chance to mention relevant qualifications, you do not want to try to fit in additional skills or experiences you do not have just to try to impress the interviewer. Emailing the note and dropping it off at the office are acceptable methods of delivery, but you should not fax since that can just be a hassle. You should ensure that there are not any typos or grammatical errors in your note. If possible, have someone look it over before you send it. At the end of the day, you really just need to say thank you. Everything else is just a cherry on top, so take the time after an interview to craft a sincere letter of thanks.