Does it Really Matter if I Write a Thank-You Note After an Interview?

thank-you-noteYou nailed your job interview! Now you can just sit back, relax and wait for that offer.

If only it were that simple.

Others are vying for the same job, remember? They could have just as good an interview as you – or maybe an even better one!

So while the Q&A piece of an interview is obviously very important, follow-up is often times the reason an otherwise great candidate doesn’t get the job!

What’s the best way to follow-up after an interview? Send a thank-you note to your interviewer.

That’s right…the thank-you note is NOT dead. It’s a great way to keep your name top of mind and reiterate your interest in a position.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when saying “thanks”:

  • Personalize your message. Incorporate something from your interview, something your interviewer shared, that you found interesting, or a specific, key topic that was discussed. Be sure to include the following in the thank-you: the interviewer’s name, the title of the position you interviewed for, your interest in the opportunity, your contact information, and of course, don’t forget to say “thank you”! 
  • Include anything you forgot to say in person. When your interview was over, you realized that you forgot to mention a couple of key points. You told yourself not to forget – and you forgot. A thank-you note is your chance to say anything you forgot or anything you wish you’d said. You don’t want your message to be too long, but don’t waste this golden opportunity,   
  • Mail it. While an email thank-you message is perfectly acceptable, and sometimes necessary (if you know that a hiring manager is looking to make a decision quick), snail mail adds a nicer touch. It says that you cared enough to handwrite, stamp and mail your appreciation of their time. It’s a great way to stand out in the candidate pool. IMPORTANT: Avoid calling to say thanks. Employers are usually very busy and you want to show that you are being considerate of their time. 
  • Don’t wait to send it. A thank-you message should be sent no later than 2 days after the interview, if you want to stay relevant. If you know that you won’t be able to mail something within that time frame, don’t wait. Send an email instead. 
  • Proofread it! You’ve made it this far… don’t let a spelling error be the reason you don’t get the job! Treat your thank-you note with the same meticulousness that you would a resume or cover letter.

Technology may be changing the way hiring managers attract and screen prospective employees, but there are some things that don’t change, like the importance of a simple thank-you note.

If you are looking for help with your job search, don’t hesitate to contact the expert recruiting team over at TERRA Staffing Group.

We not only specialize in helping people find the Right Fit™, we coach and guide our candidates through every step of the interview process, before and after.

At TERRA we believe that we are successful when the people we help are successful. Contact us today!


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