I am often asked if you should send a thank you note after an interview. My standard answer? Why not!
There are many reasons why you should send a thank you note after a job interview. It reaffirms your interest in the job. It is also an opportunity for you as the candidate to address any issues that may have arisen during the interview. Lastly, it can set you apart from the other candidates that are being interviewed.
There is no doubt. A professionally worded thank you note or email can do nothing but help you move the hiring process forward. Be careful not to over-do it though. Believe it or not, it is actually possible to say thank you too much.
Send Your Thank You Soon After The Interview
The key to success of your thank you note is twofold.
First it needs to be sent very soon after the interview. In fact, it should be send before the end of business on the day of the interview itself. Such a timely email shows that you really want the position, and gives you the opportunity to clarify any issues that may have come up in the meeting. More importantly, it shows you are willing to go the extra step and that you pay attention to detail; two very important qualities for any position, especially in sales.
Address Your Thank You Properly
Secondly, you have to address your thank you properly. Don't guess at the spelling of the interviewer's name or their job title. If you get it wrong, you do more damage than if you never sent the email in the first place. Ask for their business card before you leave and then you are guaranteed to get it right. Or, if you if was a vitual interview, be sure to verablly confirm the interviewer’s contact information.
Remember, just like a properly addressed cover letter attached to your resume, addressing your thank you note is critical to it being effective.
A Interview Thank You Note Template
Your thank you note does not have to be long or complicated. In fact, I think the simpler the better. For a great example of a thank you note you can use, Monster.ca has one here.
Your Job Search Process
It is also important that you track all your interviews and thank you notes you send.
Job Search Tracking Worksheet
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