So, the interview is all over and you really want the job. You sent out a nice job interview thank you letter. What’s next? Should you be aggressive? Should you lay low for a little while so you do not look desperate? This is something that you will always have to balance. You want to be somewhere in the middle. You want to come across as interested but no desperate.
To do nothing assumes that you really are not all that interested. So, you want to do follow up at the very least. Calling every day is over doing it. The best place to start is by sending a thank you note after the interview in the mail.
An email thank you letter can work good as well, but I would always send one by mail. Only email a thank you letter if you were given a business card that has their email address. Thank you notes can be very powerful when used correctly.
Sample Thank You Letter After Interview
First, let’s talk about what not to do. If you got a letter like this would you run out and hire this person?
Thank you for talking to me about the job at XYZ Company.
I know I made a big impression on you and you are still overwhelmed that a person of my caliber would even seek this position. I can tell this because you have not yet called to make me a rock bottom offer that we will need to negotiate up just to reach my level of desire.
I don’t think so. However the follow up letter after an interview can be the nail that either cinches an offer or one that seals the coffin. The one above would not seal any deal. So what should you put in a thank-you letter after a job interview?
First, send a real thank you letter. Not an email. Thank you letters are generally more effective when sent in the mail and are at the very least hand written. You can have the letter partially written and the envelope ready even before the interview. If at all possible hand write the letter. A letter that is printed out on your computer is OK but does not convey the level of sincerity your want to portray.
One of the goals of the letter is to acknowledge that the person giving the interview took time out of their busy schedule to visit with you. Tell them that. Thank them for their time. Let them know that you truly appreciate the interview. Tell the interviewer something you learned about the company during the interview that makes you excited to have the chance to work there.
Another goal is to restate some special job skill or benefit that you bring to the position they are trying to fill. Tell them, again, how your skills and experience can solve a problem they have. You need to listen closely during the interview process to discern that one thing that you can provide the most benefit if they hire you.
Let the interviewer know that you have researched the company and feel that the company and you are a good fit. Ask for the job, again. Don’t be pompous, just let them know that you are ready to make a contribution and are ready to start to work. On their schedule, not yours.
- Thank the interviewer for their time in a hand written interview thank you letter.
- Let the interviewer know that you have researched the company and find it to be a good fit for you and your goals.
- State how you are able to make an immediate contribution to the company and how you can solve a problem they may have (note of caution here – don’t attempt to solve any problem beyond the scope of the job you are applying for).
And lastly ask for the job. Tell them how much you are looking forward to becoming a part of the team at XYZ Company. If you have any time constraints such as giving a two week notice at your old job, restate that point here also. Other than that, let them know you are ready to start to work yesterday. Mail the letter then same day as the interview if at all possible.
Thank you letter writing should be a natural part of the job search for you. Job searching has many elements that all works together. Use interview thank you letters to your advantage by implementing the tips above.
- After Interview Thank You Letters (hopeforunemployed.wordpress.com)
- How to Follow Up After an Interview (CPACareerCoach.com)