Picture this: You just left the best interview you’ve ever had with your dream company. You spent hours perfecting your resume, practicing your best smile, and crafting all the right answers to their questions. You are certain you’ve got this job offer in the bag, and all you have to do is wait for that phone call, right? Wrong!
All too often, job seekers leave the conversation without a follow up and wonder why they didn’t hear back. This is because sending a thank you is the final, and most crucial, step in a successful interview.
Saying thank you for someone's time is important; it shows you are a person who has empathy, emotion, and appreciation. This is incredibly valuable to a future employer.
At a bare minimum, send an email thank you. It takes little time and energy. If you really want to set yourself apart from your competition, hand-written notes are the way to go. This shows that you care enough to put in those extra few minutes of your time to show appreciation and genuine interest in the company you’re interviewing for.
"The best timeframe to send a thank you email is within 24 hours after your interview," says Whitney Purcell, associate director of Career Development at Susquehanna University.
A hand-written thank you note shouts passion to me.
- Send within 24 hours of the interview.
- Be genuine.
- Take advantage of this time to make yourself stand out.
- Wow them!
A good thank you can go a long way. This is your time to shine!