At the conclusion of your job interview, thank yous are also important. The last thing you should do before you leave your interview and the first thing you should do when you get home is to say thank you. As you leave your interview, your thank you is in person. When you get home from your interview, your thank you is in writing (a hand-written note or an e-mail).
A post-interview thank-you note should be short and sweet – with approximately three or four sentences. It should begin by thanking your interviewers for their time and the opportunity to meet with them. It should state how even more enthused and interested you are after exploring the position and how your background and experience match its requirements. Finally, it should express your heightened desire to contribute to the interviewers’ organization and that you look forward to hearing from them.
Although it may sound simple, thanking your interviewer for the opportunity to be considered for a job really want is very important. It speaks well of your character, leaves a positive last impression, and has the potential to favorably distinguish you from your competition.
Even if you find out that you didn’t get the job, it is equally important to say thank you. A short note or conversation that expresses gratitude for the opportunity to have been considered and for the interviewer’s time as well as your continued interest in the organization can speak even speak more loudly and positively about you than a thank you when you do get an offer. Furthermore, it may lead to your name being called to mind when positions at that organization open up in the future.
Additional tips about what to do after your job interview is over, including how to handle job offer negotiations, can be found in the epilogue of my book The Interview Answer: 10 Essential Tips for Acing Your Job Interview.
Copyright © 2016 Patricia A. Flaherty