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Should you send a Thank You email after an interview?

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Simiso Shabangu

Simiso Shabangu

Simiso is an ALU intern, and her deep interests are torn between managing finances and playing with words through writing and debating.On her best days, she can be found in her room sipping tea and watching debate videos.

Short answer : Yes! You should definitely send a thank you email after the interview.

Sending a thank you email is important. It shows your appreciation for the opportunity and that you genuinely care about this position.

Here are a few tips on how to put together a thank you email :

Do’s 👍 👍

Send it within 24 hours after the interview. This is the time when the interviewer still remembers you.

Highlight something that stood out from the interview. If you talked about a certain project or if he shared advice with you, mention it in your thank you email. This again will help them remember you.

Mention the job position in the title. Interviewers generally receive many emails, so you want them to know exactly what you are thanking them for.

Send it to all your interviewers.If you were interviewed by a panel of interviewers, make sure you extend the appreciation to each one of them. You may never know who has the final say on your job.

Don’ts 👎👎

Don’t re-write your cover letter. Do not repeat all the things you said when you were applying. The shorter the sweeter.

Don’t be informal. Sometimes the interviewer might be friendly, but that does not give you the right to use slang language. Maintain the professionalism.

Don’t pester your interviewers. The whole purpose of this note is to show appreciation and not to pitch yourself again. Do not keep on sending many emails just to say thank you..

Don’t make grammatical and spelling errors. Make sure you edit your work before you send it out.

Here are two samples to help you out :

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

I enjoyed speaking with you today about the [insert job title] position at [insert company name]. The job seems to be a great match for my skills and interests.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you regarding this position.

Your Name

Hello Mr./Ms. Last Name,

Thank you so much for meeting with me today. It was such a pleasure to learn more about the team and position of [insert job title]. I’m very excited about the opportunity to join [insert company name] and work with the team.

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process.

Best regards,

Your Name

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