You're walking out of your interview and that's it—the ball is in the hiring manager's court now, right? No! What many job seekers fail to realize is that their interview is not over until they send their follow-up thank-you note.
So what should this message include? Well, it should first thank them for their time. But it should also reinforce that you listened, understand the organization's needs, and are seriously interested in the job.
Three Tips for a Great Thank-You Letter
Here are the three most important components of a great thank-you letter:
- Part 1: Appreciation
Show your gratitude for the hiring manager's time by thanking him/her, and acknowledging how much you appreciate the time they took to meet with you.
- Part 2: Interest
Reinforce the key topics that were discussed in your interview, such as where the company is heading, future projects for the position, and aspects of the job that you find extremely exciting. Interest in the organization's mission and overall duties of the job will show that you are a good match.
- Part 3: Relevance
Refresh the interviewer's mind about the skills and talents you possess that are most relevant to the job. Focus on the key ones that came to light in the interview as being the ones most important for a candidate to possess to succeed in the position.
How to Send
- Send an Email
This is probably the fastest and most effective way to reach a hiring manager and guarantee that your follow-up lands in the right hands (or inbox). If you interviewed with a few employees and do not know their email addresses, call the office directly and the receptionist should be able to help you out. Depending on when the hiring manager told you the company is making the decision by, make sure to send it within two business days.
- Snail Mail
When was the last time you received a letter? While the trend for electronic mail is in, sending an old fashioned thank you can give you an edge. Whether it's handwritten or typed, make sure to mail it the same day of your interview so that it gets in the hiring manager's mailbox within two to three days.
- Tweet Your Appreciation
If the position that you're targeting is social media or tech focused, a tweet to the organization is a creative way to show your gratitude for the hiring manager's time. Keep it light and professional, such as "Thanks @ABC Company for the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the exciting direction you are heading!"