Following up after an interview is crucial. If you have had a good interview, why not clinch it with a nice thank you note? It is a great way to tell your interviewer how you felt about meeting him/her and how interested you are in the position. In our experience, employers notice when you do not follow up and it could reflect badly upon you. In addition, it is remarkable how many people skip this step altogether, so it could end up putting you ahead of the pack. Follow the tips below and you cannot go wrong.
Interview Follow Up Tips:
- Follow up after in-person, phone interviews and Skype interviews.
- For in-person interviews: Be sure to get a business card from everyone you interviewed with before you leave. This way you will have the correct spelling name and title of your interviewers as well as the street address for the office and your interviewer’s email address.
- Email is the fastest way to say thank you. Send a personalized thank you email to everyone you interviewed with.
- Be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and the company. You may also want to use the opportunity to remind the interviewer about moments of connection that occurred between the two of you during the interview (e.g. when you discovered that you went to the same college or have a mutual friend). You can also mention anything of note that you forgot to mention during the interview.
- Send your email within 24 hours of the interview (even if it is a Friday interview, do not wait until the following week).
If the person is particularly high up in the company, you may want to consider sending a handwritten thank you note instead. If you do, send your note within 24 hours of the interview.
Keep your email or note short and to the point.
- Proofread your email and notes several times before sending them. Look for spelling errors, grammatical errors and awkward or overly casual phrasing. In addition, make sure you are not using the same words and phrases over and over again throughout the body of your resume.
- If using a recruiter, send them the note to look over before you send it to the company. Two sets of eyes are always better than one.