How to Make a Good Impression After Your Interview

Following up after an interview is an essential step in the job search process. Sending a well-written and properly timed message will help your interviewer remember you after your initial meeting. To leave a lasting impression. A thank you note is your first follow up. You should send a thank you note to the hiring manager the day after your interview.

Here are a few tips on writing your note:

Remember how it will help you stand out. Sending a thank you note gives you a chance to stand out and reconnect after a job interview. This note lets you show your appreciation that the interviewer dedicated time and resources to meeting with you. Writing to thank your interviewer allows you to reiterate your qualifications and mention anything you neglected to bring up. Sending a thank you note also allows you to demonstrate your interest. While you do not want to seem overly-enthusiastic, making your interest clear can help guide the hiring manager’s decisions.

Choose your communication method. You can write either a handwritten note or an email. If you choose to send a handwritten note, you can deliver it to the office, or you can mail it. Mailing a note may take a few days to reach the hiring manager. An email is faster to send and easier to track. Opting for email also helps you stay at the top of your interviewer’s inbox and allows for easy replies on their behalf. If you email your thank you note, make your subject line simple. It can be as easy as including the open position and your name.

Keep it simple. This thank you note should be the longest follow-up message you send, but aim to remain concise by focusing on four main elements:

Thanks: Always show your gratitude to your interviewer.
Interest: Reiterate your interest in the position and indicate what draws you to the company. Qualifications: Briefly repeat your qualifications for the job. Be sure to tie them to organizational needs that the interviewer mentioned during your meeting. Response: State your desire for your interviewer to communicate news about the hiring process as soon as it is available.

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