Within 24 hours of the interview you should prepare a note thanking the interviewer for their time, and refresh their memory as to which position you were interviewed. If you interviewed with more than one individual, be sure to send a unique thank you note to reflect the points covered in your interviews with each. As for the format, if you have decent manuscript, send a handwritten message. If a decision will be made quickly, shooting an email out to follow-up may be more efficient. Either way, you want to send a strong, concise message that will keep you in the game when it comes time to make the hiring decision.
1. Keep it brief
While your interview with the employer may have lasted an hour, you don’t want to bog them down with a follow-up note that takes just as long to read. Sending a clear and direct message is the best way to catch the hiring manager’s attention.
You will want to highlight four main points. Usually this will include thanking the interviewer for their time, giving them a replay of your skills, personalizing the message, and reminding them to contact you for any further questions. If you can get your message across in 100 words or less, your follow-up is sure to be a slam dunk!
2. Reminder of Skills
Share a summary of your skills and how you would have a shot at making a positive impact on the company. For example, remind the employer how you helped developed unique software applications and how you plan to expand on that expertise if hired. If you show an employer how you can add value to the team, you’re more likely to stand out in the last seconds of the game.