Our Certified Professional Resume Writers have been asked several times by our clients why we don't offer Thank You Letter writing services. The answer is simple. No hiring manager or employer will respond positively to a scripted thank you note.
An interview is an opportunity for employers to get to know you on a more personal level. They are looking for personality, attitude, and confidence. Your resume already sold them on your qualifications. If your interview was successful, then you have already sold them on your personality and attitude.
Following up after a job interview is a hot topic for controversy. Some employers find it annoying to receive phone calls and consider it a desperate move. Others won't give you a call back unless you show interest in a follow-up attempt (or two... or six...).
So should you follow up after a successful job interview, and how should you do it?
Follow Up On LinkedIn
First and foremost, do not leave the building without getting a business card from the person who interviewed you. You are not only extending your professional network, but you're giving yourself a few options for following up.
There's a good chance your interviewer is on LinkedIn (and you should be too!), so use his or her full name or email address to find his or her LinkedIn profile and send a connection request. Personalize the request and treat it like a thank you card. You only have 300 characters, so keep it brief.
Make sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with you and for considering you for the position. Let them know you'd like to connect with them on LinkedIn. Here's the most important detail to include: Ask them to review your profile and let you know if there's anything you should add based on what they learned about you in the interview.
This is bold and an insanely effective way to provoke a response! You're not only asking for feedback, but you're following up in a way that is personal.
Example: "Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for meeting with me and considering me for the Director of Business Development position. I'd like to connect with you on LinkedIn and ask for a little feedback. Is there anything I could add to my profile based on what you learned about me in the interview? Thanks again!"
Handwrite A Thank You Card
If the interviewer is not on LinkedIn, send or deliver a handwritten thank you card. The business card should have the company address and his or her full name. Sending the letter to the company keeps your follow-up professional.
Why not email them the thank you? Using a business email address may be unreliable. Your message may be marked as SPAM or Junk and may not be seen. Alternatively, if the interviewer gets non-work related messages to that email address, he or she may get in trouble.
Your message, like the connection request, should briefly thank him or her for meeting you and considering you for the position. Rather than asking for feedback, take the opportunity to briefly:
- Identify why this opportunity aligns with your career goals
- Remind the interviewer why you are most excited about this position or company
- Comment on something said during the interview
You have a great opportunity to stand out (yet again) and make a great impression. By adding a brief note about the interview or why you want to work there, you are enhancing the level of confidence a hiring manager will have in hiring you.
Example: "Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for meeting with me and considering me for the Director of Business Development position. During the interview, you mentioned picking up cupcakes for the June Birthday's Party next week. Have you tried the cupcakes at Celebrated Treats downtown? They may be worth trying next month! Thanks again!"
Write A Glassdoor Review
Lastly, get on Glassdoor's website and review the interviewer! Reviews are submitted anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to drop your interviewer's name and mention something specific about your interview so he or she may be able to identify who submitted the review.
To leave a review, search for the company and find the Interviews section. Click Add Interview and complete the form. In "Describe the Interview Process" field, mention how great it was to meet with your interviewer (by name). Briefly identify something specific and positive about the interview.
Example: "My interview with Jessica went so well! She challenged me to think more about my long term career goals and asked for specific examples of how I applied my skills in previous positions. She also gave me excellent feedback on my resume, specifically that she loved that I wore a tie that matched the color used for my name and section headings on my resume."
Don't these ideas sound far more effective and more personal than a full or half-page professionally written Thank You Letter?