The “Thank You” email after a job interview

Most people know, and it also goes without saying, that the first thing you do after a job interview is to email a ‘thank you’ note or letter to the person or persons who interviewed you. Depending on how you view this stringent rule, just the pressure to write an error-free, and perfect ‘thank you” note could be daunting and spark unnecessary anxieties; especially if you are a busy mom trying to carve out some quiet time to compose such an important email. The idea is, the sooner you do it, the higher your chances are of remaining relevant on the mind of the employer long after your interview. Most career experts will tell you that this is absolutely true. But, is it? Fact is, whether or not an employer is going to hire you has nothing or little to do with your ‘thank you’ note. The truth is, employers often make up their minds whether or not to hire you the minute the interview is over. This is not to say you shouldn’t do it, but simply to say don’t rely solely on that email to make your final great impression. Your first impression, which is at the interview, is always the only one that truly matters. Yes, do send out a “thank you’ note as a courtesy to show your appreciation for being interviewed, but don’t use it as your only follow-up tool. Think outside the box. By that I mean, don’t be afraid to disrupt the norm. For example, why not make a follow up phone call instead of sending an email. With that said, I wish you good luck!


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