Sending a thank you email or letter should be an automatic response after an interview. It shows your appreciation of the hiring manager and employees for taking time out of their day to speak with you. Some hiring managers have even said that it is disrespectful and a red flag to employers when potential candidates do not send any type of thank you message.
Your thank you email/letter should include the following:
- Why you want this position and what made you attracted to the position
- The skills, experiences, and achievements that highlight why you are a good match for the position
- Key thoughts and ideas discussed during the interview to show that you were actively listening during the interview
- Any last-minute questions and concerns that were not mentioned during the interview (This should not include salary, working remotely, or the amount vacation time you will be receiving).
Remember, as mentioned in 4 Things To Do After the Interview, if you are working with a staffing agency in your job search, make sure to send your recruiter the thank you note and they will send it over to the employer. If you have found this job yourself, you can simply send it over to the hiring manager, but make sure to send separate thank you messages to each person you spoke with during your interview. Thank you letters have a huge impact on a hiring manager’s decision, so make sure you send this either after your interview or, at most, the day after.
Last but not least, stay positive! If you do not land up getting the job, keep in mind that there are so many other companies looking for your skill sets and qualifications, so do not give up.