The interview is over, you have given it your all and tried to impress the socks off the interviewer, so all you can do now is to breathe a sigh of relief, keep fingers crossed and hope for the best. Right?
No not really, there is one last thing you can do to impress the interviewer, and that may help improve your chances of getting the job, and that is to send a follow up thank you email. The aim of a follow up email after an interview being twofold, firstly to thank the interviewer for their time and to express your interest and enthusiasm for the job.
Following up an interview with a thank you email, shows the interviewer that you have manners, are engaged in the interview process, and it can be really helpful in keeping the lines of communication open between you and the interviewer.
A surprising amount of people do not send a thank you email after an interview, there are reports stating that as many as 75% of job seekers do not send a thank you email, yet the majority of the HR managers say that thank you notes are helpful when reviewing candidates. For this reason it can be a very important part of any job hunting strategy.
Remember though to keep your thank you email brief and to the point. Also remember if there was more than one person involved in the interview process to send an email to each person individually.
Ensure as well, that you modify the thank you email so that each interviewer gets a unique email, and most importantly check your grammar and spelling! Sending a thank you email full of grammatical errors will not help you get the job of your dreams.
Remember as well when sending a thank you email that timing matters. Always send the email as soon as possible after the interview, ideally within a day or two, and don’t write a novel. Use the post interview email as a means to thank the interviewer for their time, to very briefly highlight the main points of the conversation , to address any concerns, and to once again show your interest in the position, but remember to keep it brief and to the point.
Another reason to send a thank you email apart from the fact that it is the right thing to do, is that it gives you the perfect opportunity to address any issues or gaps that you feel may have arisen during the interview. Most job seekers are nervous during the interview, and will often think afterwards of things they should have said or said differently. The thank you email gives you the perfect opportunity to clarify any of these issues.
Also only send one thank you email, do not harass the interviewer, repeatedly contacting them will not help your cause, and will ultimately annoy them and put them off you. A thank you email is part of good “post interview” etiquette. It is common courtesy and shows the interviewer that you have manners.