You just had a great interview; you blew them away. You go home and wait by the phone. Five days go by, then ten and still no call. Why? They may be waiting for your “Thank you” note. It seems the person you would have been replacing had just been fired for taking people for granted and for not following up. In this situation the first test of any candidates was to see if the person had good follow-through and was considerate enough to be part of this professional and caring organization. Instead of blowing them away, you just blew it.
A thank you note should be polite, brief, show your enthusiasm for the job and should mention something relevant from your interview.
- Hand-written notes are preferable; however, if you decide to e-mail the letter, send it right away and use confirm receipt.
- Send notes within 72 hours of your interview. However, late is better than not at all.
- ALWAYS use spelling and grammar check.
- Send a ‘thank you’ to everyone who interviewed you that day.
- Send a ‘thank you’ after each interview, but don’t send the same one each time.