Let it be known, as job seekers, employers and employees: we firmly believe that the thank you note is NOT dead. We are quick to write thank you notes, be it for received gifts, wonderful parties and yes, interviews. Even if you nailed the interview, it’s not over as soon as you walk out of their office. Employers took time out of their busy day to speak to you and let you pitch yourself. They deserve something for that. But what is appropriate?
While it has never been done or seen by us, we have heard crazy tales of huge gift baskets being sent, or a single shoe arriving to a manager’s office (you know, so they can get their foot in the door?), we don’t think humor is the best way to stand out. Stay as classic and true as a genuine thank you. Living in the world that we live in today, where literally everything can be found and done online, 87% of managers find a thank you email to be appropriate. But we put our foot down on the phone call. We understand that you want them to know you’re taking time out of your day to call them, but this also means you are taking time out of THEIR day.
A classic thank you note is a sure-fire way to bring a smile to a manager’s face, or at least put to you in their heads again. Whether by email or snail mail, here are a few tips and things we consider MUSTS:
- First and foremost, their name. Please, please, PLEASE make sure it is spelled correctly, even if you have to look it up on the website.
- Open with something clever so that they don’t feel like they are reading a thank you note they have already seen a trillion times.
- Remind them of the day you interviewed and the position you are being considered for, just to jog their memory. Some managers will see 50 people in a week.
- Thank them for taking the time to speak to you and mention something specific from the interview that they may have said that you enjoyed. **HINT: a good closing question can trigger this**
- Close it quickly and professionally. Make sure you leave first AND last name.
- Double check one last time to make sure it is legible and there are no typos!!
- Send within 48 hours of your interview to stay prompt and fresh in their minds