After sending out multiple resumes and pursuing leads, you finally landed that coveted interview. You arrived early, dressed appropriately to match the company’s atmosphere, looked everybody in the eye, and answered all of their questions to the best of your ability while showcasing your skills. Time to sit back, wait, and hope, right?
While you may have made it to the “finals,” you also want to stay foremost in a potential employer’s mind. Of course, positively. So here’s a simple trick you can use to reach back out: a thank you email. A timely and well-written thank you and expression of interest in the position can never hurt. Here are some tips on writing a solid interview follow-up.
Step 1: Do it as soon as possible after the interview.
That’s right – get it written within two business days at the most. If possible, get business cards from your interviewers or look them up on LinkedIn is the fastest way to find professional information. If you had an interview with multiple people, yes, you should send multiple emails, not a group note to all.
Step 2: Structure it carefully to include gratitude, promote your candidacy and qualifications, and add anything you may have forgotten during the interview.
You want to start by simply thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and talk to you about the position. Restate your interest in the job itself and the company, mentioning a few skills that make you a perfect fit for the job. Also, take the time to add anything you may have forgotten to say during the interview, and include any follow-up information. Finish by thanking them again and stating that you look forward to hearing from them soon. If the interviewer said he would get back to you within a specific amount of time, it’s acceptable to acknowledge that in your letter.
Step 3: Simplify and proofread.
Keep your letter short and to the point. Look over everything before sending it: Have you included everything from Step 2? Is everything spelled correctly? Is the tone grateful (but not desperate) and confident?
A prompt, thoughtful follow-up letter can show an interviewer one more time that you’re the right choice. This small step can yield a significant response.
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