Sending your interviewer a thank you note is a small but significant gesture that can change the very outcome of the interview. In fact, it could be the key to getting that much sought after job and these days, with emails gaining unequivocal acceptance as a form of informal as well as formal communication, it is not inappropriate to send an after interview thank you email.
That’s probably the first thought that comes to mind: Why bother with email? You are more familiar with traditional mail and after all, candidates have been sending ‘after interview thank you notes’ by regular mail for hundreds of years and it seems to work just fine. Is it necessary to jump on the email bandwagon and send and after interview thank you email?
Actually, yes. Sending a thank you note by email offers you the distinct advantage of speedy delivery. Whereas a letter sent by traditional post would take at least three to four days if not more to get delivered, the recipient will receive your after interview thank you email within seconds of you sending it off. In a scenario where you know that the employer is likely to be making a quick decision, time is of essence and an email will give you that much needed edge that a postal service will not. Even if you know for sure that the selection process is likely to go on for a while, you should still send a thank you email and follow that up by a traditional letter. The interviewer is sure to be very impressed by your persistence and is less likely to forget you in a hurry.
What Should an After Interview Thank You Email Include?
An after interview thank you email is essentially just that- an email sent to the interviewer to say thank you for taking the time to see you and interview you. In addition to being basic courtesy, a thank you note acts as a follow up sales letter that emphasizes the fact that you are very interested in the job. After you’ve thanked the interviewer in a sentence or two, recap your qualifications, your skills and your goals and reiterate how you can contribute significantly to the company’s success and more importantly, its bottom line. If there were any doubts that you would like clarified or if there are any issues you would like addressed, now is a good time to do so. Also, if you feel very strongly that you did not answer a question as well as you think you should have, take this opportunity to rectify that.
What if there was More Than One Interviewer?
If you were interviewed by more than one person, you will need to send thank you emails to each of them. However, it is important that you do not send the absolute same after interview thank you email to everyone. While you can keep the basic format and contents similar, you should add a personal touch by customizing the thank you note for that particular recipient.
Last but not least, take time to proof read your after interview thank you email before you click ‘send’.