Sending a thank you e-mail post interview is just as important as your job interview. This thank you e-mail can either boost your value, if the interviewer is considering you or it can save your job offer, if they are on the fence about you.
To meet the objective of your thank you e-mail, follow these simple but effective tips:
1. Establish your candidacy
a) Thank each interviewer for his/her time (collect business cards so that you will have your interviewers’ contact information)
b) Reiterate your interest in the position and remind the interviewer of the competencies and top skills you would bring to the job.
2. Get specific
c) Mention specifics discussed during the interview.
For example, ‘I enjoyed our discussion about [topic]” or “I appreciate the information you shared about your organization’s [describe the things you learned].’
3. Share action plan
d) Think about what will be the first thing you do once you are offered the job. This will be your action plan. Write a brief action plan (you can also include a tentative schedule, if possible) that you are planning to achieve and what will be the expected outcome/result from it.
For example, ‘1) The first week, I will connect with all stakeholders whom I will be working with to gain in-depth understanding of each of their role and how I can contribute to achieve [company’s name] strategic objectives. 2) Second week, I will [learn/develop/create/organize…state your action plan in bullet list or in numbered list]’
Send your thank you e-mail within 24 hours of your interview. You may also send a hand-written note if you mail it immediately after your interview (and your handwriting is legible!)
Remember, your thank you letter is also the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that your interviewer didn't ask or that you didn't answer as well as you could have.
To help you further, please check out my next article on sample thank you e-mail, which you can tweak it accordingly to fit your voice and specifics.
*Note: This example provided here is intended as a guide. Suggest to write the e-mail in your own voice as it will have more value with potential employers.