Stand out! Send a thank you after your job interview
July 14, 2015
When you are looking for a job, your main concern is to absolutely shine in an interview. But to make a lasting impression, it’s a great idea to think about what happens after the interview as well. A thank you email is a polite reminder of your conversation, and will help you to stand out from the other candidates.
A little thank you goes a long way, and this approach will not only reflect well on you, it can also be a great way to prompt feedback from your interviewer. Surprisingly, very few candidates think to send a thank you email, so it’s a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Here’s why you can really impress by a sending a follow-up email: 1. Remind the interviewer who you are. Searching and interviewing candidates is a long process for recruiters, and seeing your name will make you stand out.
2. It shows recruiters that you actually want the job.
3. You have the opportunity to highlight why you are the right fit for the position and what you can bring to the company.
4. It demonstrates good manners and creates a long lasting relationship with the company and the HR managers, especially if you are successful.
What should you include in a Thank you email?
Step one: thank them for taking the time to meet you
Step two: briefly describe what you liked about the company and the position you are applying for.
Step three: point out your professional experience. If you can, demonstrate how your skills and knowledge will fit the job requirements. Once you have spoken with the interviewer, you should have a better insight to the job role and needs of the company.
The email should be short and straight to the point. Recruiters are unlikely to spend more than about 1 minute reading the email. So the main point is to impress!
Send the email no later than 1 or 2 days after the interview. Use the time while you are still fresh from the interview and pick up on some of the points that you discussed with the interviewer.
Most of all personalise the email. Remember, if the tone of the interview was strictly official, then address to ‘Dear Mr. / Ms. [full name]’. If the meeting turned into a friendly conversation, you can use a less formal address like ‘Hi [name]’.
Need more inspiration? Check out our thank you email template below. But be careful not to copy this exactly, you need to keep it relevant and personal!