How to Follow Up After an Interview

If you just interviewed for a position, you may feel like you’re floating on a cloud! You’re thrilled about the prospect of a new opportunity, and after much planning and preparation, believe the interview went well. There’s only one thing left to do. Send a thank-you email or note via snail mail! Who doesn’t like getting something besides bills and junk in their mailbox?!

What is the purpose of saying thank-you?

A thank you email or note is used to thank the hiring manager for their time, draw attention to your candidacy, and politely reiterate your interest in the role. The gesture of sending one not only conveys your enthusiasm for the position but helps you stand out against the competition. It should be sent within 24 – 48 hours of your job interview.

What should be in a thank-you email/note?

Your email should have a personalized subject line and greeting, followed by a note of appreciation. It should briefly recap some of your qualifications, touch on a point of your discussion and express an interest in the next steps, without appearing forceful or aggressive. Please note, this is NOT the time to ask if you got the job or receive feedback. Doing so might cost you the position.

Here’s an example:

Hi [Interviewer Name],

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me [today]. I appreciate you answering my questions about [Company Name], and sharing your expectations for the role. I believe my background in implementing successful sales strategies across an assigned region would bring great value to your team, along with my SaaS and IT background.

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me. Thanks once again!

Best Regards,
[Your Name]

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