Crafting a thank you email after an interview is an important part of the job search process.
It’s important to write a thank you email after an interview even if you don’t want the job moving forward – despite how you feel about how well the interview went or the people you met with, get in the habit of writing a thank you email after the interview.
Here are some best practices for a thank you email after interview
1. Personalize your message.
If you met with 3 people individually, write 3 separate thank you emails.
Reference specific parts of your conversation with each person you interviewed with.
Apply how your experience, track record or specific instances of success or insight that you have makes THEIR life easier should they bring you on board. For ways to make your resume stand out from other job seekers, read more HERE.
2. Apply what you learned in the interview about the role, team, product, project – be specific how the success of the role maps to YOUR SPECIFIC background, experience or past record.
This step requires you listened and inquired about problems they are having, how this role solves a business problem and how YOUR specific background might be the solution to these challenges.
It also requires you have a “what can I do to help you succeed?” mindset going into the interview – read more HERE.
3. Eliminate filler words – keep sentences short.
4. Remove cliches.
5. Be grateful, thankful, appreciative of time and effort made – err on the side of brevity.
6. Keep your thank you email short, sweet, on point and highly customized to the person you spoke with – keep it light.
7. Send within 12-24 hours of your interview – craft it as soon as you get home.
8. Have someone check your thank you email for spelling and grammar.
A well-written thank you email after an interview validates what the interview team already felt about you.
A poorly written email reduces an interviewer’s positive feelings about you or will flat out disqualify you.
A wordy thank you email filled with fuzzy, gracious, sappy, syrupy cliches and fillers is as bad as sending nothing at all.