As soon as you walk away from the building after your interview, your thoughts should turn to the next step: following up with a polite thank you note. All of your preparation and presentation skills have paid off (or maybe they haven't and the interview didn't go so well), but your task isn't over quite yet. This final step is a crucial part of the process, and until you drop your note in the mail, don't even think about propping your feet up and waiting for the good news. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind as you bring this episode to a conclusion.
Do it quickly.
Almost every job seeker knows what a thank you note is, and most of us recognize that a small
handwritten note is an essential element of adult social grace following the receipt of a gift or kind
gesture. But oddly enough, even though they know it can give them an edge and make a great
impression, most job seekers neglect this easy step. So just sending a note—regardless of the words you
use to express yourself—can automatically set you apart from the competition. As soon as your
interview ends, get that note written and sent. Make it clear that you're a grown-up who knows how to
navigate the gown-up world with confidence and flair.
Tasteful style wins the day.
Choose a small card with a tasteful, understated design and no writing on the inside. Keep your message
short, heartfelt and clearly written. Thank your interviewer for his or her time, and take the opportunity
to restate the most important area of alignment between your needs and the needs of the company
regarding this position. Mention a few highlights of the interview, or elements of the conversation that
you found especially interesting or inspiring. Re-emphasize your interest and excitement, and sign off
politely. That's all…there's no need to overthink the process. Just speak from the heart and move on.
Skip the gifts.
Send a note only; don't add anything that has monetary value of any kind. This can be perceived as a gift
or a bribe, and even if it isn't considered a legal problem, it's still a tacky breach of etiquette. No muffin
baskets, no flowers, no sports tickets, no bottles of wine, and certainly no money. If you'd like to enclose
a picture of the pet you described during the meeting or the castle you visited on the vacation to Spain
that you chatted about during a few minutes of small talk, that's fine. But nothing else. Keep this gesture
Leave an impression of manners and poise and show sincere interest in the company, the position, and
your personal relationship with your interviewer (who may soon become your boss). Your simple note
may have a greater impact than you imagine. For more on how to conduct yourself during the job search
process, and how to create a winning resume and cover letter, reach out to the job search team at