Just aced a job interview for your dream job? Sometimes simply performing well on the day doesn’t quite cut the mustard. You could easily be forgotten if another qualified candidate sends the interviewer a well thought out thank you note after the interview, and you don’t.
A thank you note can mean the difference between facing a job offer and facing the dreaded rejection. We know it all seems like a silly formality and a waste of time, but it can really impress an employer.
In order to remain a step ahead of your competition, don’t just use a generic thank you note template. Instead, ensure your thank you note demonstrates why you think you are the best candidate for the job, fix any mistakes you may have made during the interview, expand your responses to important questions, and show your enthusiasm for the position.
Even if you’re working through a recruitment agency, sending a thank you note is still important. Simply send it to your consultant, who can pass it on to the interviewer for you.
Unsure about what you need to include in your job interview thank you note? Here’s a few handy tips to help you get started…
1. Say thank you!
It may sound obvious, but kick off your thank you note by making a personalised thank you to your interviewer. Be specific about the role and express your enthusiasm for the position.
2. Explain why you’re the best candidate for the job
We know you probably covered this in the job interview itself, but it doesn’t hurt to provide a handy reminder of your core strengths and the value that you can offer to the business. Use examples to really bring this section to life.
3. Squelch any concerns raised in the job interview
If the interviewer brought up any concerns about your suitability for the role, address these with details on how you can/or have overcome these.
4. Provide extra information
If you forgot to tell the interviewer something that could be an important factor in the decision making process, now is the time to let them know. Ensure you explain why you feel it would be of interest for them, and how the information assists in making you the perfect candidate for the role.
5. Get to the point
Your thank you note should be short and sweet. Only cover the essential information and try not to waffle. The job interview itself was your chance to win the interviewer over, your follow up note should simply act as a reminder.
6. Send it promptly
Whether you’re sending the thank you note directly to the interviewer, or via your recruitment consultant, ensure you send it within 24 hours of the job interview. This means your interview will be fresh in their mind, and it will potentially arrive with them at a time when they are making a decision.
Do you have any example thank you notes that have worked for you in the past? Share them in the comments section below…