By Danielle Golinski, Career Advising Fellow
“Every expert on interviewing will tell you two things:
- Thank you notes must be sent after every interview, by every job hunter; and
- Most job-hunters ignore this advice” (What Color is Your Parachute: a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers. A great resource that I use often)
As students start to land job and internship interviews both on and off campus, one valuable piece of information worth sharing is the upmost importance of thank you notes (and actually writing one!). This is something that my co-fellow Amber recently posted about and I’m hoping to dig a bit deeper to explain the “whats”, “whys”, and the “must includes”.
“Many job seekers believe that the interview is over once they step out of the office, but that’s simply not the case…based on my decade-long experience in conducting interviews, I can attest first hand that failure to follow-up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit” (www.forbes.com).
What?: In today’s world, thank you notes are both accepted via handwritten and email. It is custom to follow up in a prompt manner – to send an email within 24 hours of the meeting or a handwritten note as soon as able (to make up for the “snail mail” aspect). The sooner, the better. For handwritten notes, be sure to pick up proper professional
Why?: It is more than just a courtesy. It is a way to follow up and reengage with the individual or team of individuals that you met with and to remind them about the value you can bring to the organization.
- Your name
- The hiring manager’s name (addressed and spelled correctly)
- Proper spelling and grammar
- Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
- Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up/thank you note. If you can add something specific about the interview or important items discussed, include it!
- The appreciation for their time (the “thank you” part)
- Your recognition of the next steps in the hiring process
- Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview
- Your contact information
And that’s all there is to it! It doesn’t have to be rocket science and it definitely doesn’t have to be a book. It is the thought that counts…and when we are talking thank yous post interview, it really does count!