You finally got an interview with your dream firm, nailed the interview, but what now? A common mistake being made, is the lack of effort put into following up with the firm. For a firm to want to pull the trigger and hire you, they want to see the initiative in a follow up. One way to do that is a thank you note.
A lot has changed about the job interview process over the past few years but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the NEED to send a thank you note to your interviewers. This small, but mighty gesture can set you apart from the competition. So, even if you knocked the interview out of the park – in fact, especially if you knocked it out of the park – you should send a thank you note. The good news, is that you can generally send your note via email (although it will make you stand out even more to also send a written note), so you can send it right away, and re-confirm your interest in the position.
Here are some do’s and don’ts so you don’t spaz out during your interview process.
- DO send your thank you note within 24 hours. Knock out your gratitude and sense of urgency through this gesture.
- DO include all your interviewers in your note.
- DO include the name of the position in the subject line, followed by the words “Thank You”
- DO check your message for any spelling errors or typos. Get your mom, roommate, spouse, etc., to review your note before sending.
- DON’T overwhelm or annoy your interviewers. One thank you email and a follow up a week or so later are more than enough.
- DON’T share your social media accounts unless you have cleaned them up. Yeah – this is a biggie. Your twitter rants and unprofessional Facebook/Instagram photos need to go.
See below for a sample thank you note (there are a ton of free templates online, so take advantage). Keep it short and sweet, and hopefully you’ll be responding to a job offer next.
|Hi [Interviewer Name],
Thank you so much for meeting with me today. It was such a pleasure to learn more about the team and position, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and help [bring in new clients / develop world-class content / anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.
I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.