Manners: We learned them as a kid and one of the first things we were taught was always say “thank you”. As an adult I am consistently surprised at how few candidates follow up their interviews with a simple “thank you”. This is a critical part of the interview process that many candidates unfortunately fail to realize. In 10+ years of recruiting I have witnessed a simple “thank you” being the difference in receiving a job offer or receiving a “no thank you” letter.
A few quick tips include:
· Send a “thank you” within 24 hours of your interview(s).
· We live in an E world, email thank yous are completely acceptable (and a lot easier).
· Thank yous should be sent to each person you met during your interview
· Personalized notes specific to your conversation with individual interviewers is a must!
Thank you messages provide another opportunity in reiterating your sincere interest with an employer. It also provides a second opportunity to highlight how your background and achievements make you a good candidate for their role. Additionally, you now have an opportunity to point out any specific selling points about yourself that may have been neglected during the interview.
If you aren’t sure what to write or where to start there are numerous sites online that provide sample thank you messages. Your recruiter should be happy to review your message, provide input, and proofread your “thank you”(if they’re not find another recruiter).
Most importantly it’s a kind gesture and the right thing to do! Show potential manager or peers your thoughtfulness, that you appreciated their valuable time and consideration of your candidacy. It WILL set you apart from those candidates who fail to remember their manners.