Sending a thank-you note after an interview is an important step in the interview process. If it’s well-timed and well-written it can help you secure a job offer. But if it’s poorly written it can derail your chance at a new job. When is the right time to write a thank you note? What should it say? Here are some quick tips.
Sending a thank-you note after an interview is an important step in the interview process. If it’s well-timed and well-written it can help you secure a job offer. But if it’s poorly written it can derail your chance at a new job. When is the right time to write a thank-you note? What should it say? Here are some quick tips.
Tip One: When to Send a Thank-You Note
I recommend sending a thank-you note shortly after the interview – on the same day. Don’t rush it, don’t send it from your phone. Wait until you get in front of a computer so you can check for spelling and grammatical errors.
As for how to send, simply sending an e-mail is perfectly acceptable. Hiring managers typically make decisions quickly on a good candidate, and if you’re a strong match for the role they will want your feedback quickly. If you send a letter in the mail it may arrive too late.
Tip Two: Keep It On Topic
The main reason for writing a thank-you note is to simply thank the interviewer for their time. The other reason is to indicate interest in the job opportunity.
A thank you not should not go into reasons why you think you’re a fit for the job. If you didn’t convince the hiring manager in the interview that you’re a match for their company, you’re not going to do so in a thank-you note.
Tip Three: Keep Your Thank-You Letter Short and Sweet
The longer the note, the greater the chance for errors.
Tip Four: Approach With Caution!
At SCL Search, we have seen many job-seekers that actually hurt their chances at a job offer because of a poorly written thank-you note after the interview.
Always double-check spelling and grammar! It’s shocking how often job-seekers misspell the name of the person they met with.
Tip Five: Just Say Thank You
Try something like this:
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. I really appreciate the time you took to tell me about the organization, and I’m extremely interested in the opportunity. I hope we will have the chance to meet again soon.
Bonus Tip: Working With a Recruiter
If a recruiter set up the interview for you they will most likely be taking care of the thank-you note themselves. But in order to effectively thank the hiring manager and indicate your interest in the opportunity, they will need to hear from you. So please call your recruiter right after the interview.
Looking for more interview or resume tips? Check the blog at SCLSearch.com, or take a look at our jobs page to see what opportunities we have available. Connect with one of our logistics recruiters on LinkedIn. And let’s see if we can help you find that perfect opportunity in supply chain and logistics.