Wait! Your Interview Isn't Over

Career Advice From 40HRS

Feb 25, 2015

Wait! Your Interview Isn't Over

So what should this message include? Well, it should first thank them for their time. But it should also reinforce that you listened, understand the organization's needs, and are seriously interested in the job. It should also include the following pieces of expert advice.

Three Tips for a Great Thank-You Letter

Here are the three most important components of a great thank-you letter:

Part 1: Appreciation

Show your gratitude for the hiring manager's time by acknowledging that they are busy and you appreciate that they took the time to meet you.

Part 2: Interest

Reinforce the key topics that were discussed, such as whe-re the company is heading, future projects for the position, and aspects of the job that you find extremely exciting. Interest in the organization's mission and overall duties of the job will show that you are a good match.

Part 3: Relevance

Sell your skills and experience to prove that you're capable of stepping in and making a quick impact. Mention some of your strengths that are relevant to the job, and how you'll make an imprint on the company within the first six months.

Three Ways to Send Your Thanks

You now know what to say, but the next question is, how do you say it? Here are the three best ways:

1. Send an Email

This is probably the fastest and most effective way to reach a hiring manager and guarantee that your follow-up lands in the right hands (or inbox). If you interviewed with a few employees and do not know their email addresses, call the office directly and the receptionist should be able to help you out. Depending on when the hiring manager told you the company is making the decision by, make sure to send it within two business days.

2. Snail Mail

When was the last time you received a letter? While the trend for electronic mail is in, sending an old fashioned thank you can give you an edge. Whether it's handwritten or typed, make sure to mail it the same day of your interview so that it gets in the hiring manager's mailbox within two to three days.

3. Tweet Your Appreciation

If the position that you're targeting is social media or tech focused, a tweet to the organization is a creative way to show your gratitude for the hiring manager's time. Keep it light and professional, such as "Thanks @ABC Company for the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the exciting direction you are heading!"

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