One part of the job process that has not changed throughout the years is the polite courtesy email that candidates send the hiring manager following an interview. They took the time out of their schedule to consider whether you may be the missing puzzle in their company, and this is your chance to express your appreciation for the opportunity.
You can also use this email to provide examples of your work or a mock-up of ideas that you have for the business, and you could provide links to any relevant work or any professional sites such as LinkedIn. Doing this demonstrates creativity, drive, and show the hiring manager how you could add real value.
Simply preparing a quick thank you email will leave a good impression on the hiring manager, and gives you the chance to confirm your desire to work there, and demonstrate your personal brand. Below is an example of how a thank you email could be formatted, and what kind of information could be included:
Dear Mrs Smith,
Thank you very much for meeting with me today. It was a pleasure to learn more about the team and the position, and I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you.
In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to the position [reveal relevant skills].
Please see the attached link to [recent work].
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding the next steps in the hiring process. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information in the meantime.
[LinkedIn profile link]
The beauty of email means that you can send out your ‘thank you’ email on the same day. Some hiring managers will really pay attention to your email, and how quickly you have sent it.
Because it would be a shame to not get your dream job simply because you didn’t take a few minutes to write a thank you email, make sure to do it after each interview.
Not only will it bring you back into a busy recruiter/hiring managers mind, it shows that you know how to write, are polite, and are a serious and devoted contender for the role.
David Lewis, managing director, integra people, warrington