When we interview or meet people who are looking for a job or a new career opportunity, we are often asked by job seekers if they should send a “Thank You” note following a job interview.
The answer is always yes, definitely!
Sending a thank you note will put your application ahead of the pack immediately.
Also, it is nice for a hiring manager to know that you appreciate their time and consideration for a job.
Here are a few other reasons to send a thank you email or card:
- A thank note will confirm your interest in the position that you have just interviewed for.
- Writing a thank you note will show the hiring manager that you are organized, as well as a great communicator.
- If the hiring decision is equally divided between two candidates, a thank you note may tip the scales so that the person sending a thank you note is the person given a job offer.
Tip: A thank you card can either be handwritten or emailed.
A thank you card or email should be sent after an in-person interview, Facetime or Skype interview, or anytime you’ve spent some quality time with HR or the hiring manager.
when to send it?
A thank you card or email should be sent as soon as possible and within 24 hours of the interview. It is important to send the thank you note while you are still on their minds.
what should it say?
Your note should be brief and to the point. You may also make note of your best qualifications for the role. If you have forgotten to provide any information about yourself, this is the time to let them know.
Tip: Use a strong subject line in an email.
If you are working with a recruiter should you still send a thank you note?
Yes, however in this case please send a thank you note to the recruiter to forward on your behalf to the interview team you have met with. You can also thank a recruiter for their time – we also love hearing from candidates!
We hope this helps you land a second interview as well as a job offer and gets you one step closer to landing your dream job, and keep it.
Please feel free to call or email us anytime if you have any questions.