Even as COVID restrictions end, companies continue to interview candidates remotely, emphasizing the importance of a follow up email. Not being able to have a face-to-face interview can dramatically reduce your chances of a career change. Not everyone is articulate and not being able to dress-for-success when heading to an interview, just reduces your odds of landing a job. Here are a few tips to increase your odds, when drafting the follow up email.
Collect Facts During Your Interview
Be sure to take notes during your interview, phone or otherwise. You need to write down the Hiring Manager’s name and email address. Do not be afraid to ask them to repeat the spelling so you have it correct. Notes should include the job being offered and the required skill set for the job.
The Thank You: Short & Sweet
As we have said in previous posts, you will have 10 seconds to get the hiring managers attention as he skims through his emails. To stand out, be sure to include the following:
- Subject: As in your name and this communication being a follow up/thank you.
- A short greeting to convey a friendly email to follow.
- Be sure to thank the hiring manager for the interview with your realization of a successful interview.
- Check your job notes and convey your previous experience and why you would be a great fit.
- Asking for additional input or questions from the manager will express your eagerness to start.
- Close with an eagerness to hear back from the manager on a start date.
- Be sure to attach your name and any pertinent contact avenues; cell number, email addresses, LinkedIn profile, physical address, etc.
Follow up emails should be sent as soon as possible but assuredly within 24 hours of the interview but do not blow up their email.
A Few Basic Follow Up Email Examples
Sample email template:
Date: [Select Date]
Subject: Thank you for your time.
I appreciate your taking the time today to speak with me regarding the Position at Company Name.
After the interview, I have a better understanding of what the responsibilities and opportunities are in the position. I believe that my knowledge and goals are very compatible with your needs.
It was a pleasure to with you. Please contact me if you have any additional questions for me.
Thank you for your consideration.
[Full Name – Signature]
- Alternate email Body: Thank you for your time during the interview. I believe I am a great match for the requirements of your position and, if selected, my commitment to you would be to bring my skills, determination & 110% effort to ensuring your success. I am very excited about the possibility of joining your team.
- Alternate email Body: I appreciate the time you spent with me. Your interview questions gave me valuable insight into the qualities you are looking for in your ideal candidate and the challenges you are facing. From your perspective, I hope my answers assured you that I have the aptitude, ambition, skills, and experience you need.
- Alternate email Body: Thank you for the time you took to meet with me. You mentioned that you are looking for someone to fill the role on a long-term basis. Please be assured that my interest is in finding a stable long-term role where I can continue to grow and play a part in building the future of your company.
In conclusion, with the U.S. economy is returning at a bustling pace and many states have dropped the federal government unemployment subsidies. As more job seekers return, follow-up/thank you emails will continue their importance in the hiring process and your next great job.