A thanks for the interview note can actually land you the writing gig you just interviewed for.
Why? Well, let me count the ways:
Most people don’t send a thanks for the interview note
Study after study confirms that candidates for jobs who do send thank you notes after an interview are much more likely to get hired than those who don’t. Those studies are published one way or another again and again, and still few thank you notes are written. When you do, you’re standing out from the crowd.
Your interview note gives you a chance to explain
Even if the interview went smoothly, there may be something you want to briefly explain. Perhaps the client was hoping you had more experience editing images; you can say how willing, even eager you are to polish your image editing skills.
Or maybe you forgot something you wanted to say – the thank you note gives you the opportunity.
The interview note lets you ask for the job
Prospective employers are more often as at sea about how to pick the right person for the job then you might expect. Studies show those who interview love it when the interviewee expresses real interest in the job. Again, few candidates ever do.
You can help tilt their choice in your favor by simply stating clearly you’d really like to have the gig. Keep it simple, like, “the more I think about this the more I’m sure I’d really like to have this job.”
Email or snail mail?
Should you send your thanks for the interview note by email or find a card and send it by snail mail? Trust your intuition on this. If it seems to you the interviewer is the kind of person who would really love a card by snail mail, do that – but do it quickly. In fact, if you’re smart you’ll already have a supply of thank you cards on hand. Make sure you get them out no later than the next day.
Email is okay too. It’s easy for you and for the interviewer, provide it you keep it brief, make sure you spell their name and title correctly and that you make it clear who you are and how to contact you.
Do you make it a habit to send thank you cards or a thank you email after an interview? Why or why not?