A follow-up thank you letter could make all the difference in the outcome of a job interview.
Your cover letter and résumé were flawless; you were perfectly qualified for the position, and you nailed the interview. So why didn't you get the job? If you didn't send a follow-up thank you letter to your interviewer, that just might be the answer.
Following up to thank the hiring manager for his or her time is not only polite; it also demonstrates a sincere interest in both the position and the company. According to a survey from online job-matching service TheLadders, 75 percent of interviewers said that receiving a thank you letter from a candidate impacts their decision-making process.
"Failure to follow up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit," said Amanda Augustine of TheLadders.
Thank you notes are best sent via email within 24 hours of the interview. They should be brief (no more than two paragraphs) and reference particular points from the conversation, said Max Messmer of staffing firm Accountemps.
"Following up allows you to reiterate the case for why you are the best person for the job," Messmer said.
As with your résumé and cover letter, customize your thank you note, and double- and triple-check it for grammatical and spelling errors. You don't want to ruin a great interview experience for the hiring manager with a typo-filled follow-up. If you met with multiple people during your interview, be sure to send one note to each person if they gave you their contact information.
Sample thank you letters
Based on these tips, here's an easy template you can follow for a thank you letter after the interview:
Good afternoon, Mr./Ms. [Last Name]:
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the [Job Title] position with [Company Name]. It was a pleasure meeting with you, and I truly enjoyed learning more about the role and your company. After our discussion, I am confident that my skills and experiences are a great match for this opportunity and that I can quickly become a valuable member of the [Company Name] team.
I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of a career with your company and would greatly appreciate a follow-up as you move forward with the hiring process. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [Email Address] or by phone at [Phone Number]. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you in the near future.
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Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.