Is the After Interview “Thank You” Note Dead?
Hiring managers aren’t receiving as many after-interview “thank you” notes these days but it appears it still has impact on the impression you make with the interviewer. To some, the after-interview “thank you” isn’t expected or necessary but to some it could make all the difference. If the candidates are equal in all areas but one sends a follow up note of thanks, it could be the tipping point for the hiring manager. We all want to be wanted and most hiring managers want to know that the candidate is excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity and some consider it a show of respect.
So if you’re interested in the position you just interviewed for, write the interviewer a short note, thanking them for their time and reemphasizing your interest in the position. Do your best to get it to them within a day or two of the interview. E-mail it, hand deliver it, snail mail it, carrier pigeon, just get it to them. I’m often asked if it’s appropriate to email a “thank you”, it is absolutely acceptable.
If you interviewed with multiple individuals, make sure you send each person a “thank you” note that is unique. Common language is acceptable, but do not simply change the name at the top. Yes, interviewers compare notes. And what seemed to be a unique and original note can actually work against you if there are two or three duplicates collected together.
It has taken a great deal of effort to get this far in the hiring process so take the extra time to make this final impression a positive one.
A quick and easy format for a “thank you” note is:
- Appropriate greeting
- Thank you for time
- Something specific from the interview
- Final pitch for good qualities
- Appropriate close
Here is a sample…
Dear Hiring Manager,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for the time you spent with me this morning. Interviews can be stressful, so I am very grateful for how comfortable you made me feel. Your willingness to provide me with additional information about the position and the company convinces me more that this is a job I would enjoy as well as one where I can make a valuable contribution to the organization.
Having a passion for ____, the opportunity to begin/expand my career with ABC Company is very exciting to me.
Again, I appreciate the chance to interview and the time you spent with me. I look forward to hearing your decision. In the meantime, if there is any additional information you need from me, I will be happy to promptly provide it to you.