If you’ve just walked out of a job interview feeling good about your performance, it’s easy to sit back and pat yourself on the back. But wouldn’t you like to increase your chances of getting the job even just a bit more?

As children, we were always told by our parents to say ‘thank you’. Turns out remembering that simple piece of etiquette can work wonders for your career.

It is essential that you send a thank-you note to your interviewer(s) after the interview. This isn’t just a matter of being polite – a thank-you note serves several important purposes:

  1. It’s a simple but courteous act that helps you come across as more professional. Plus, it can only give you more brownie points with the interviewers.
  2. It will help you stick in the interviewers’ minds and stand out from other candidates. So many people overlook this step, and sending even a short note will ensure you are remembered.
  3. It gives you an opportunity to review and summarise the content of the interview, demonstrating that you paid attention and took the interview seriously.
  4. You can carry on the dialogue of the interview, looking to the future and providing a call to action.

So, with those four points in mind, what should you actually say in your note? Here’s a good model you can follow:

Subject line: Thank you for your time today

“Hi Chris,

Thanks again for your time at today’s interview. I really enjoyed the conversation and learning more about XYZ Company, and where the Marketing Coordinator role fits in. I’m genuinely inspired by the company and its goals, and I believe my skills and attributes would be a great fit for the position.

I agree with you that there is a lot of opportunity to improve XYZ’s website. As discussed, I believe my experience in web development would be of real value here.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the day, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

John”

You’ll often hear people say that sending a physical, handwritten note is best. While that can definitely add a personal touch if you have time, sending a quick email is more than sufficient. The key is not the method of delivery, but actually getting the message across.

Lastly, you’ll want to send the note within a couple of hours of the interview finishing – the sooner the better. Definitely send it on the same day as the interview.

I’ve used this technique many times and believe it does make a difference each time. Case in point: for one of my previous roles, the interviewer told me after the interview that I’d get a decision in a couple of weeks. I emailed them a thank-you note as soon as I got home from the interview, and got a job offer that evening.

Your CV and cover letter aren’t the only things you need to be writing when job hunting. Sending a quick email takes no more than two minutes, but it can mean all the difference in your job search success.

– John

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