After an interview, you maybe wondering what to do in the time before you hear back about whether you were selected for the job. It can be a stressful time for you, but as a hiring manager, I have experienced the other end of the stress. Often we have had several interviews and have a pool of great candidates to narrow down. How can you set yourself apart? One simple way is to send a thank you note or email to the interviewer. Follow these steps to craft a sincere, compelling thank you that can help set you apart from the crowd.
Pick Your Format
You have several options on how you can deliver your thank you. You can choose to send a paper note or card or an email. Either format is a great choice, but you can tailor it to the person who interviewed you. For example, when I talk with a potential employee, I always give them my business card and encourage them to email me any questions. An email thank you would be probably be the best way to show gratitude in that situation. However, a hand written or even hand designed card can have an equal impact. If you know the company’s mailing address, you can mail it or even drop it off for the interviewer.
What to Say
First, create a salutation that is professional. You will want to follow, “Dear,” with the last name and title of the person who interviewed you. For example, if John Smith interviewed you, you could say, “Dear Mr. Smith,” or simply “Mr. Smith.” Both are appropriate choices in a salutation. If the interview was more casual, you could possibly use their first name. I like seeing that my candidate remembers my name and understands the type of connection we had.
Next, thank them for the interview and opportunity with the company. You may want to reiterate any points you made in the interview that highlight your skills. You could remind them of your extensive knowledge in the field or desire to create a long term career. These cues can remind the hiring manager of your specific interview.
You also will want to remind them of why you’re excited about working for that company. Maybe the interviewer told you an interesting fact about the company. I like to see that a potential employee remembers a core value or belief about the company I work for. This lets me know they were listening and comprehending what we discussed.
Close with another sincere thank you and remind the interviewer that they are welcome to contact you with any questions. It is a good idea to include your phone number again so they have easy access to contacting you. Lastly, you want to close with a valediction that is professional. “Sincerely,” or “Best Regards,” are two excellent ways to close the letter. Follow this with your full name. Including your last name is very important – there might be one or two people interviewing with your same first name and we don’t want to mix you up with another candidate.
Getting thank you notes and emails is extremely rare and does set you apart from other candidates. The most important part in my experiences has been the sincerity. If you come across as not genuine, the thank you seems forced and will not make an impact. However, if you are genuine, your note or email will make you stand out from the other candidates and could land you the job.