During recent conversations with various professional women in our Re-find circle, we were disappointed to learn that sending a thank you note post-job interview seems to have fallen out of favor. Not only that, but many interviewees are also forgoing even a simple follow-up e-mail to thank the interviewer for her time.
Simply put, it’s good business to send a thank you note to the interviewer.
Regardless whether or not you ultimately get the job, it shows that you value the time of the person with whom you interviewed, which is always a good thing. This quick and easy gesture could also give you the edge by keeping you in the interviewer’s mind or, if you are competing against candidates with the same qualifications, it could be the one thing that makes you stand out.
An e-mail will suffice, but even better is an e-mail plus a handwritten thank you note on simple, professional stationery. We like to take notecards with us to the interview, then write the note out in the car immediately following the meeting and pop it in the mailbox on the way home or to our next destination. That way, your enthusiasm and memory of the meeting are fresh.
Keep the note short, sweet and simple. For example:
Thank your for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. I enjoyed learning more about Company Inc., and look forward to the opportunity to share my talent and experience with your team.
Feel free to be slightly more specific, but remember to keep the note brief, sincere and to the point. Good luck in your job search, but as with every situation, just be yourself and say please and thank you, the rest will take care of itself.
Do you have a business etiquette question? Leave a comment or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.