Always Send a Thank-You Note After an Interview


You just aced that interview. Or, at least, you thought you did. But now is not the time to rest on your perceived success. The ball is not in their court, and you can’t expect this potential employer to immediately respond to you. They will have several candidates who all think they’re perfect for the job, so your next step is to prove to the hiring manager you really are the best fit. The best way to do this is to send a thank-you note as soon as you can. Here’s some things to consider.

Handwritten or Emailed?

There are pros and cons for each. A handwritten note is more personal, but an email is more immediate. In today’s fast-paced work environments, there is a lot to be said about sending an email as soon as you’re home from your interview. The choice is yours and neither is incorrect.

Restate Your Interest in the Job

Share how much you enjoyed meeting them and why you want to work for their company. This will reinforce your interest and encourage them to contact you as they make a decision.

Share Something You Missed

We’ve all done it. You leave a conversation thinking of all the things you should have said. In this case, you get a second chance. Add a short paragraph that starts with something like, “I forgot to mention in our meeting,” and add the details you think would help them make a decision.

Ask for the Job

Of course, you also shouldn’t be afraid to ask for the job outright. Be bold and confident, but avoid arrogance. For instance, during the interview you should have asked how soon they plan to make a decision. In your thank-you note you can use that information to let them know you plan to follow up within that time frame. Companies like to see confidence and want to work with someone eager to be on their team.

Do you want more tips for your job search?

At Professional Staffing Group, we work closely with our candidates to help them understand how to present themselves professionally and make a good first impression, on paper and in person. Contact us today and let us help you connect with the best job opportunities in our region.

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