First, it helps you stand out from other candidates who do not bother to send a thank you email.
Secondly, it is your opportunity to show appreciation for the time spent during the interview, and for the opportunity to learn more about the company, the position and being considered for it.
Lastly, it is always important to follow-up. It provides an easy way for the interviewer to simply hit reply and let you know about the position, either way. Hopefully, they will let you know you are moving forward in the recruiting process and providing you with next steps.
When should you send a thank you email?
After the interview (phone interview, in-person or via video conference), ideally by end of day. Hiring decisions can be made fast, you want to show that you are interested in the position as early as possible.
What to include?
Need help crafting a thank-you email? Here is a thank you email template that you can download and customize for your use:
A week went by and still no reply?
Do not give up, send a short follow-up email. Hiring managers can be busy.
Example for a follow up email:
In case you are still considering candidates, I am following-up to let you know of my sincere interest in this exciting position. I hope to hear from you soon with next steps.
<Your Phone #>”
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