I worked in the search business for what often seems like 100 years.
In the good old days, people would mail resumes to companies on great-looking parchment paper with a watermark visible to the reader because that meant class!
After an interview, they would send a thank you note (by mail) on either personal letterhead or a card to express their interest in the job.
Now in this era, thank you notes have disappeared from proper interview behavior and that is a tactical mistake.
Sending a thank you email after an interview accomplishes several things. First and foremost, it leaves little doubt about your interest in the opportunity being discussed … and, in a lot of situations, breaking the logjam by expressing interest can be enough to separate you from the pack.
But probably more important is that it allows you to address any concerns the interviewer might have about your experience, to correct an answer you missed on, and to give you another opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer.
So, to be clear, I’m not suggesting that you mail a thank you note; I’m suggesting that you email one within twelve hours of your interview.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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