2) Follow up after every interview* with a thank you note
*Yes, if you have more than one interview, you should follow up after each one.
Kelly reached out to us because she’s ready to send a thank-you note, but has a few questions:
“Any helpful tips for sending a thank-you note? Also, is it acceptable to do this as an email? Thanks!”
It’s perfectly acceptable to email thank-you notes, particularly if most of the correspondence from the hiring manager has been via email. Ultimately, whether you send an email or a handwritten note is up to you, but there are some guidelines to follow.
How to write an interview thank-you note:
- Use a professional email address or simple stationery – now is not the time to use your basket-of-puppies thank you notes.
- Check for spelling and grammar errors.
- Send it soon – the same day or day after the interview is best.
- Thank them for their time.
- Express your interest in working for their company.
- Restate your contact information.
- Write neatly and carefully. (Those of us with awful handwriting – and make no mistake, that includes me – should be prepared to write a few copies to get a good one.)
Example follow-up note:
Dear [person you met with],
Thank you for meeting with me! I enjoyed our discussion, and I am excited about the opportunity to help achieve [company name]‘s goals as a [job title]. I look forward to hearing from you.
[Your phone number]
[Your email address]
Congratulations on your interview! Now follow up with a great thank you note; it’s one more chance to make a great impression.