How Thank you Notes Help Get you Hired
How important is it to send a thank you note after an interview? Very important, say most HR managers. In fact, most recruiters and HR managers will tell you that sending a thank you note after your email is just one more step in the interview process. An extremely important part, if you want to get the job.
Sending a Thank You Note
Sending a thank you note after your email can actually determine whether or not you get the job. How should you send your note? Email is best, because it is most timely. Of course, you can send a handwritten note by snail mail. It’s definitely personal and will show you put thought and effort into it, but remember, the interview process may move quickly. If it takes days for the note to get there, the HR manager may have already passed you by for another candidate. If you love the idea of sending a handwritten card, do both!
Send an email and then follow that with a handwritten card. Make sure to send your email within 24 hours after your interview. It’s a quick and easy way to show your interest in the position after you have learned more about it, and it’s a simple way to get your name back in front of your interviewer. If the interviewer is on the fence between you and another candidate, and you have sent a thank you note, there is a good chance the job will go to you.
Remember, you put a lot of time and effort into your resume, your cover letter, and your interview preparation. The thank you note should be the natural next step. Thank-you notes leave a positive impression on the hiring manager. It takes very little time and effort; you can even save a template on your computer and personalize each time you send it out. This can save you time and stress if you are in the process of finding a new position and interviewing several places.
What to Include in Your Thank You Note
There are just a few basic points you should include in your thank you email after your interview.
First, make sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time. Next, reinforce your interest in the position. Now that you’ve learned more about the opportunity, remind the interviewer why you would be a good match and what you would bring to the company. Add anything you may have forgotten during the interview. Perhaps you’ve remembered an example from a previous job that you didn’t get a chance to mention during your interview. You can also add any relevant examples of your work. Finally, offer to answer any further questions they may have and ask about next steps.
That’s it! Thank you notes are simple and easy, leave a lasting impression, and can help you get the job!