There are so many questions surrounding the post interview thank you note. When should I write a thank you note? Can I send an email instead of written letter? Do I write one after every meeting or phone call? Do I even need to send one?
Let’s cover the answer to each question and look over a few tips when writing these notes.
Do I even need to send one?
Yes. Moving on.
Do I write one after every meeting or phone call?
Yes. It is important to show your appreciation for the hiring manager’s or HR rep’s time by sending a short “thank you” after each conversation.
Can I send an email rather than written note?
Yes. Welcome to the new age, snail mail is a thing of the past.
When should I write a thank you note?
Same day is the best day. As soon as you’re in a comfortable spot after your interview, send the thank you email. This could be as soon as 10 minutes after, but should not exceed a few hours. The key is to remain on the manager’s radar for as long as possible post interview.
Here are 3 tips to writing the best thank you note.
- Don’t sell yourself again. You have already won them over or completely bombed, either way, no need to re-sell your experiences again via email.
- Keep it simple. Thank you emails should take around 10-15 seconds to read, after that time, you’ll lose attention and it may be too wordy. Thanking him/her for their time and reiterating interest in the role will suffice.
- Make the email about the recipient, for example: “It was great meeting with you today”. Rather than “I enjoyed our meeting”.
Thank you for your time. COMPANY NAME is highly impressive for its leadership, values and company culture. Excited about the opportunity and look forward to next steps!
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