The Interview Road Map
- Company Drug Test/Google
- Samples of Your Work
- The Interview
- Cover Letter
- Follow-up Email
- Dress for Success
- Do Your Homework/Field Checks
Saying thank you is an important part of the interview process. You are thanking your interviewer for being gracious with their time and considering you for an important role in their organization. Generally, followup emails should present in the body of your email, not as an attachment. Follow-up email mistakes can ruin your chances to get that next job.
Must be Mistake-Free
Once you commit to writing a follow-up email, it needs to be perfect. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are incredibly important. Have somebody else read it over if necessary. There are no excuses for mistakes on a follow-up email and an error will hurt your chances of getting the job.
Must be Unique to the Recipient
Writing a generic follow-up email or the same email to multiple interviewers is tacky. At best, these emails fail to connect with the reader. At worst, your interviewers will share them and realize you didn’t take the time and effort to make them unique. Don’t fall into this avoidable trap. Instead, use the follow-up email to forge a bond and give one last plug for how you think your skills fit the position.
Must be Concise
While follow-up emails are vital, avoid emails that are too long; it shouldn’t be a book. A few short paragraphs will suffice! Consider this easy template.
Thanks for spending the time with me…
I am really interested for these reasons…
I think I am qualified for these reasons…
Also, it’s important to mention something unique about your interview, a mutual friend, mutual interests, or something humorous that may have happened during the meeting. Finally, let them know you are looking forward to next steps and possibly try to overcome any known objections in a sincere and honest fashion.
Always send an email before going to bed the same day as the interview or worst case , before lunch the following day. An additional personal handwritten note is a nice touch and will differentiate you, but don’t rely on snail mail alone, because by the time it arrives, their minds could already be made up. You must influence during this period. AND don’t copy my follow-up email samples, they are only examples. Remember, other people may use them too, so make yours unique.
5 Follow-Up Email and Letter Samples