Why send an interview Thank You? This is all too common an overlooked etiquette that surprisingly most people neglect to do. In addition to interviewing well by presenting yourself in a professional manner, wearing proper attire and using professional body language, etc., one of the most important things that you can do to help land that ideal position is to send a Thank You note to your interviewer or interviewers as soon as possible after each interview.
The key elements to this Thank You note should consist of three main points:
- First, thank the interviewer(s) for their time. They are typically short-handed and adding the time for interviews to an already busy schedule makes them busier than usual. This should be to the point and about two sentences.
- Second, highlight the top issues and responsibilities that were discussed in the interview as you see them. This will show the interviewer(s) that you paid attention, listened well and that your summary of issues, in order of importance, aligns with their priorities.
- Third, summarize how your skills, qualifications and background will allow you to come in and quickly address their need. This note should be a written reminder of your strengths, skills and certifications (as required) as they specifically apply to the company’s needs. This summary will also serve as a reinforcement to the interviewing team to help you stand out above your competition.
When you send your Interview Thank You note, it should be two paragraphs, three at the most. The note should be concise and to the point. The hiring managers want to select someone that will help alleviate issues and be efficient, being too wordy on your Thank You sends the opposite message. Your follow up note is a pleasant way to show the interviewers in the interview process and will make a solid lasting impression.