Always email a thank you after every job interview

Job Interview Thank You Email GuidelinesNever underestimate how important thank you letters are to the impression you make on the company in your job interview process.

I continue to be surprised by how many job seekers skip this step. But believe me, hiring managers notice if you don't send one. Not sending a thank you note makes you look like you don't care about getting that job.

It's not just a manners thing...although they matter a lot. In a contest between two equally qualified people, the one with the nice manners seems like a much more pleasant person to work with for the next few years.

Thank you letters serve several purposes for you besides politeness:

  • They get your name in front of the hiring manager one more time.
  • They are one more chance to sell yourself as the best, most qualified person for the job.
  • They show your ability to take in information (the interview) and provide feedback or new ideas about whatever problem or issue the company faces (why they need you). For example: “I thought about your concerns about how to handle xyz delivery issues, when I was a product manager at ABC corporation, we used………”

And always make sure your thank you note is sent as a thank you email. Handwritten thank-yous are nice, but e-mails are fast. Hiring decisions can be made quickly, and you don't want to miss your chance to influence it.

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