Why Sending a Followup Letter After An Interview Matters

With Thanksgiving being just a few days away, we thought it’s an appropriate time to explore a post-interview tip that could help you seal the deal on that new job you landed through Beeya. No matter what season you got the interview, it’s always a good idea to show thanks and gratefulness when a potential employer considers you for a position. That’s why it’s crucial to send a followup letter or note after an interview showing you are thankful for the opportunity as quickly as possible, ideally within 24 hours.

With careers being as competitive as they are, it’s important to let your potential employer know that it would be worth their time and investment to hire you. Not all employers expect a followup after an interview, but a majority of them do. In fact, a survey of hiring managers conducted by TopResume found that 68% considered thank you notes to be important. Further, almost 1 in 5 rejected an interviewee if no followup was sent.

Sending a followup letter after an interview takes very little time and can mean a great deal for your future. The benefits include:

  • Imparts your gratefulness and professionalism
  • Keeps your name and your skills fresh in their minds
  • It’s a courtesy
  • Gives you an additional opportunity to “sell” yourself
  • Opens up a dialogue to discuss the next steps of your employment 

So, unless you want to risk landing the job, you need to sit yourself down for a few minutes and bang out a thank you note after your interview. Don’t worry, we have plenty of tips and insider pointers to help you along your way.

How to Craft the Perfect Thank You Note After An Interview

Timing is Everything

Like we mentioned before, when it comes to sending a followup thank you note after an interview, sooner is better than later. You know that most online job listings are highly competitive, and sending a followup will help keep your name on the top of their minds. Often, there are many people interviewing for the same position, so when it comes to timing you want to plan on sending out your followup letter within a day after you’ve interviewed. In this age of internet dating, it’s not cool to show your potential employer that you’re aloof by waiting to “text back” in a few days. Send it as soon as possible or risk getting overlooked!

Keep It Short, But Sweet

Meeting face to face with a potential employer gives each of you the opportunity to be thorough about the expectations of the job. So, your followup letter should be as succinct as possible. Ideally, your thank you note is just a few paragraphs. But, you want to make sure you’re making the most of that real estate. 

First, you want to start with a thank you paragraph. Be sure to mention each of your interviewers by name, and thank them for taking the time to speak to you about the position you’ve applied for. Mention briefly how excited you are to join the company, and how you hope to add value to their organization. 

Plug Your Skills

In the next paragraph, you want to remind your interviewers of your unique skills and experiences. Hopefully, during your interview, you were able to be thorough and animated while talking about your skills and were able to learn more about the particulars of the position and about the company expectations. Followup by summarising your skills once again, and connect these skills with what you learned about the position during your interview. Doing this will help your employers see the potential value you could add to their company if they decided to hire you.

Leave Your Foot In The Door

In the last paragraph thankfulness and an open line of communication is key. Often after an interview, the interviewer may give the candidate a timeline of when to expect a followup. Don’t wait for them to get in touch with you, you need to show them that you are motivated to start working immediately. As a closing, once again show them how grateful you were to get to speak to them about the position in person. Tell them you look forward to hearing back about their decision and are interested in the next steps of the hiring process. Leave all the contact information you have available: email, phone number, address, website, and social media accounts (if appropriate)

See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Trust us, just taking this small consideration can take you a long way. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, give your potential employer all you’ve got and show them you’re thankful. See what we did there?

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