So you’ve just had your face-to-face interview, and it went really well. You feel good about it, and you want to do the right thing by expressing your thanks and appreciation.
However . . . what’s the correct way to do so?
We’re going to answer that question with some help from a USAToday.com article titled “Digital Life: How to Say Thanks After the Job Interview” by columnist Steven Petrow.
In the article, Petrow offers a number of tips for job seekers and candidates who want to properly express their thanks following their face-to-face interview. Below are five of those tips.
#1—Write an email thank-you, not a hand-written one.
First and foremost, hand-written notes take too long to arrive at their destination. By the time they do arrive, a hiring decision may already have been made. You don’t have that kind of time. Besides, this is 2015. Hiring managers expect email and not snail mail, and in most cases, they prefer it.
#2—Send your thank-you email in a timely fashion.
That being said, make sure that you send your email relatively quickly, or you run the same risk as if you had sent a hand-written note. According to Petrow, by the end of the following business day is the latest you should send it. You want the hiring manager to know that you’re excited about the possibility of working at their company.
#3—Individualize the email if you’re sending it to multiple people.
Do not send the same email to every person, and definitely do not simply send a mass email to everybody. That denotes a lack of decorum at best and laziness at worst, and you don’t want to be known for either. Instead, send a different email to every person, referencing something specific from your conversation with them.
#4—Proofread the email carefully . . . and then proofread it again.
Basically, the note has to be perfect. You don’t want to get the attention of company officials, only to point out the fact that you can’t spell and have little attention to detail. If necessary, have other people read it, as well. Do whatever it takes to present a highly polished final product.
#5—Know what you want the note to accomplish.
According to Petrow, your thank-you note should do three important things:
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