Some job seekers think that there is nothing more for them to do after they complete a job interview. They think all they have to do is sit back, relax, and wait to hear back from the employer. Little do they know, there is one more step to take that can determine whether or not they get the job: Saying “thank you.”
Good manners can go a long way to determining whether you are hired or not, and it all starts with sending a polite thank you note to the hiring manager shortly after the interview is done. Why is this so important? According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, 91 percent of managers believe it’s helpful for candidates to show some kind of appreciation after the interview. Not all “thank you” messages are created equal, though, so you should be sure to send your appreciation in a professional manner.
Here are four tips to remember before you say “thanks” to an employer:
- Avoid informal language and mediums. Saying “thx” via text to a friend is one thing, but sending that same message in the same form will likely make the manager think twice about your candidacy. The Robert Half survey indicated that employers felt e-mail was the best way to send your appreciation, with an overwhelming 87 percent preferring that medium. Only 10 percent thought a text message was an appropriate choice.
- Send your message within 24 to 48 hours of the interview. This will ensure that the details of your conversations with the manager are still fresh in your mind.
- Keep it short. The more you say, the more chances there are to make a mistake. One personalized paragraph (or two to three minutes on the phone) is the best way to go.
- If there were multiple people involved in the interview, make sure to reach out to each one of them to show your appreciation.