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Phone Interview Tips - #34: Thank You Notes

Phone Interview Tips Series


Table of Contents

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 1 -- Check Your Voicemail Greeting
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 2 -- The Best Time to Set Up Your Call
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 3 -- Where’s the Best Place for a Phone Interview?
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 4 -- How To Keep Your Focus
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 5 -- How to Build Your Confidence

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 6 -- How to Project Enthusiasm
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 7 -- Use Cheat Sheets
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 8 -- Research the Interviewer
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 9 -- Research the Company
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 10 -- Prepare Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 11 -- Practice Your Phone Interview
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 12 -- How to Hit Your Phone Interview Goals
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 13 -- The Best Phone for Your Phone Interview
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 14 -- Your Phone Interview Voice
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 15 -- How to Give the Interviewer What They’re Looking For

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 16 -- How to Project the Right Image Over the Phone
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 17 -- Help Them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 18 -- Speak the Right Body Language
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 19 -- Secret Tricks to Phone Interview Success
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 20 -- Ask Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 21 -- How to Listen Well
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 22 -- Don’t Talk Too Much
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 23 -- Watch Your Language
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 24 -- Phone Interview Etiquette
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 25 -- Getting the Face-to-Face Interview

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 26 -- How and When to Follow Up
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 27 -- Biggest Phone Interview Mistakes
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 28 -- Small Phone Interview Mistakes That Cause Big Problems
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 29 -- Things You Should Never Say
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 30 -- Make a Phone Interview Checklist

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 31 -- Relax, Be Calm, and Make a Good Impression
  2. Phone Interview - Tip 32 -- Good Telephone Communication Tips
  3. Phone Interview - Tip 33 -- Typical Phone Interview Questions
  4. Phone Interview - Tip 34 -- Thank You Notes
  5. Phone Interview - Tip 35 -- The One Question You Should Ask
  6. Phone Interview - Tip 36 -- How to Keep Them From Screening You Out
  7. Phone Interview - Tip 37 -- How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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How do you follow up after a phone interview?

You better follow up the exact same way you would after a face-to-face interview:  you send a well-thought-out, comprehensive, and timely thank you note. 

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Your thank you note should actually be a thank you email.  Why an email?  Because it’s faster.

It’s in your best interests to get that thank you note in their hands within 24 hours of your phone interview.  Why?

Because they will make decisions quickly about who to ask in for a face-to-face interview.  A good thank you note can easily tip the scales in your favor and get you that invitation.

Not only should you get your thank you email to the hiring manager within 24 hours, you should also write a substantial note.  Don’t just say, “Thanks for interviewing me.  I hope we can talk again.”

Say, “Thanks for speaking with me.  I am very excited about this job and think I’d be a great fit.  I really see how my skills and experience in X, Y, and Z can help you meet your ABC goals.  My skills in D, E, and F would be an additional advantage.  I am looking forward to meeting with you to talk more about it.  I will call you on Wednesday to set it up.  Sincerely…”

That kind of note does a lot of things for you.  It shows your good manners, because you’ve thanked them for taking the time to talk to you.  It shows your professionalism, because you’re talking about how you can help them reach their goals.  It reinforces the idea of you being a good fit by highlighting your skills.  And it shows that you want the job because you’re going to call to make sure you get a chance to discuss it.  All good things.

Who should you send your email to?  Everyone you speak with deserves a thank you email.  If a recruiter set this up for you, send the recruiter a note, too.  If the hiring manager arranged for you to speak with someone else, send the hiring manager a note saying, “I spoke with so-and-so and it went well.”

Even if your interview didn’t go well, you should send an email.  It’s a chance for you to do some damage control.  Address whatever you think didn’t go well and try to rectify it.  Mention things you forgot to say that would be helpful to your cause.  Correct any misconceptions.  It might not work, but it could work and you should try.

 

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