After Interview Advice: Why You Should Send A Thank-You Note
Believe it or not, when the interview is over, your job is not done. Oh no. In fact, what you do after the interview is one of the most important actions that could land you the job. The thank-you note. Here’s why you should be sending thank-you notes after interviews, and tips on putting them together.
The thank-you note essentially can keep your application and interview lingering in the minds of the interviewer. It’s the last impression they’ll get of you before they make their decision, so it most definitely counts. It’s an opportunity to assert yourself as the best candidate for the job, and clear up anything you felt didn’t go so great in the interview itself. It shows enthusiasm, manners, and even if you don’t get the job, it’ll leave the door open wider for future openings.
So what should you keep in mind when you follow up with your interviewer? We’ve put together some tips on what you should do when sending thank-you notes after interviews.
Make it genuine
It sounds obvious, but prewriting a thank-you email before the interview ready to hit send can make it sound generic, and you really want to use it as an opportunity to be sincere. Write it afterwards, when the interview is fresh in your mind.
Thank the interviewer
One of the most important points. Thank them for their time, and the opportunity to talk with them. Include everyone you spoke to in their thank-you note – show you know how valuable their time is.
Fix any mistakes
Expanding on an answer you weren’t quite satisfied with, and admitting that you weren’t entirely happy with it shows you’re able to fix mistakes. It can also stop you kicking yourself!
Include anything you wish you’d said
Forgot to ask a question or include a bit of information about your experience? Address it in the follow up note. It might just count.
Make reference to topics discussed
Referring back to points from the interview will work in a number of ways. Firstly, it will show the interviewer that you were attentive and listening. It will also show enthusiasm for the different elements of the role, and it will remind the employer of your interview in particular.
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