Written by Dave Cullen
For job seekers who find themselves undergoing a number of job interviews, it can be all too easy to become careless and neglect the basics of good interview etiquette. These polite, professional, social conventions such as a firm handshake, good eye contact and appropriate dress code are a must for impressing the interviewer. However, good manners shouldn’t stop at the meeting itself. If you really want to impress a prospective employer, then you should make sure that you take the time to thank them for allowing you to interview for the role.
A follow-up email outlining your gratitude should be ideally sent within 24 to 48 hours of completing the interview, while you are still fresh in the interviewer’s mind. As a rule of thumb, the email should be kept short and concise with an emphasis on highlighting your appreciation of being considered. The last thing the interviewer wants to receive is a wordy, essay-style email that borders on self-indulgent. They simply don’t have time to read such messages and an overly elaborate one will no doubt frustrate them and may negatively impact on your candidacy.
Try to restrict the email to no more than two to three short paragraphs and ensure that you cover the following areas:
- Explain to them that you are writing to say ‘thank you’
- Briefly reaffirm why you are a match for the position and how you can bring value to the company
- Conclude by expressing your appreciation and that you look forward to hearing from them
You can also use this thank you email as an opportunity to address any problem areas that may have arisen during the interview. Perhaps you failed to answer a question to the best of your ability or you feel that you would like to allay any concerns the interviewer may have. This is your chance to do that.
Deciding to send a thank you email, may not necessarily impact on your candidacy but equally, it could help to make the difference when a hiring manager is trying to decide between several, equally qualified candidates. The power of saying ‘Thank You’ cannot be underestimated.