In today’s job market, standing out is key. That’s why sending a thank you note after an interview can make all the difference in securing the job offer. However, crafting the perfect thank you note can be tricky. On one hand, you want to show your appreciation and enthusiasm for the opportunity. But on the other hand, you don’t want to come across as too eager or pushy. It’s a fine line to walk, but navigable with the proper mindset and advice. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, these six dos & don’ts will help you along the way and increase your chances of landing your dream job.
While we don’t advise that you fire off a generic email from your phone immediately after the interview, you do need to be cognizant of time. Employers are making faster hiring decisions to secure top talent in today’s job market, so taking longer than 24 hours to send a thank you note could mean a missed opportunity.
A thank you note is not meant to be an essay or a cover letter, so keep it to one or two short paragraphs max. As a guideline, be sure to concisely cover these basic points: your appreciation for the opportunity to interview; your interest in the position and in the organization; and the value you can bring to the role.
This should go without saying, yet even the most talented candidates make this mistake when corresponding with hiring managers. Since these careless typos can raise some red flags about your attention to detail, make sure you proofread your note before sending it off.
If you’ve interviewed with multiple parties, send each person a personalized email rather than copying everyone on the same note. Tailoring your message for each individual is a more courteous approach that exhibits a few in-demand personality traits, including strong interpersonal skills and active listening.
These notes give you the opportunity to expand on what you spoke about in the interview and further explore the position, so why not take advantage of that? Despite the name, a thank you note can do more than help you express your gratitude. Take a few sentences to expand on something from the interview to spark further conversation. This can help set you apart from other candidates!
Regardless of how well you and the interviewer got along, remember that you still need to act professionally. You don’t want to raise any questions about your ability to be professional in the workplace, so it’s best to avoid starting your email with “hey” and including any language that is similarly casual.
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