September 6, 2016
What To Do After An Interview
How to Write A Thank You Note After An Interview
One of the key parts of a successful interview is sending a thank you note after the interview is over. This is a must for two reasons: 1) You’ll be showing the hiring manager that you appreciate their time 2) You’ll be reminding them of what makes you unique and why you’d be a good fit for the role. As an added bonus, you’re also likely to stand out from other candidates who might not send a follow-up email.
Here are some tips to help you write the perfect thank you note.
Jot down notes as soon as you leave the interview.
Writing an outline of the email as soon as you leave the interview is a great way to ensure that everything is still fresh in your mind. Start by jotting down the interviewers’ names and other details you remember from the process. Then, write down three bullet points with things you want to highlight. The bullet points should consist of skills or special projects the hiring manager mentioned during your interview, as well as anything you want to emphasize about what you can bring to the role.
Write your thank you note.
Once you’re back at your computer, start writing your thank you email. Make sure to address the interviewer by name and to thank them for their time. Then, go on to talk about the skills and projects you outlined in your bullet points.
Your email should look something like this:
“Dear Ms. Blocs,
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. I really enjoyed meeting you and learning more about the position and the team at Company X. I was also excited to find out about the new project you mentioned. This is an area I’ve been interested in for quite some time and I know that I could add a lot of value to the development of this project.
Thank you again for the interview; I look forward to hearing from you soon.
All the best,
Pro Tip: Run your draft by a friend, parent or someone else you trust to ensure that your email touches on all the key points and is free of grammatical errors or typos.
Send the email the same day.
Once you have your email drafted and you’ve gotten feedback from a parent or friend, send it out the same day. This will show the interviewer that you’re enthusiastic about the role and proactive about showing your commitment. It will also ensure that you’re at the top of their mind as they make their decision.
Whether you’re interviewing for an internship or entry-level job, writing a thank you note is a great way to stand out from the crowd. And chances are, it will get you one step closer to landing that job.