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thank you noteThere is more to landing the job than just acing the interview. The etiquette of the job interview is becoming a lost art. There is a level of professionalism expected in the job market today, and without it, you could have the necessary qualifications but be overlooked due to a lack of social abilities. After all, not every hour of the workday is engaged in business, and if you are unable to interact with other team members and management in an effective way, it can create an awkward environment.

A Handwritten Note or Email Thank You
A follow-up is more than just a thank you card. In fact, studies show that a handwritten card isn’t always the best avenue. According to the Wall Street Job Report, you have the option for an email or postcard but keep in mind the type of position you are seeking. If the job is in the technical field, a well-written email would go far. In fact, it can help to facilitate further conversation as more people are likely to send a quick response to an email rather than a card. The email will also probably stay in their inbox for several days, unlike a card that is probably thrown away to alleviate desk clutter. Your name will be part of their contact list and in their head, which can be a form of branding for your name and the job.

What to Write
Knowing what and how to write the follow-up email is just as important as the interview itself. If you were asked several difficult questions or ones you feel that you didn’t properly articulate, it is possible to use this opportunity to redeem yourself. Always keep it short and to the point without seeming abrupt or rude. Here are some quick pointers:

  • Formally address the interviewer. Don’t say “Hey Bill” if they were introduced to you as “Mr. Martin,” and remember the grammar etiquette from 3rd grade letter writing. It is always better to be slightly more formal than necessary, which gives an air of professionalism and respect.
  • Further explanation is sometimes necessary and this is the time when you can succinctly explain an answer that may have been misunderstood.
  • State why your skill set is a match for the job and the value you will add to the team.
  • In closing, thank them again for their time and opportunity, and let them know you look forward to speaking with them in two weeks or whatever time frame they gave you.

Don’t miss out on a great job because of not knowing the unspoken rules for interviews and follow-ups. These are the small things that job interviewers notice and that can seal the deal or get your resume tossed in the trash.


For more information on job seeking and how to achieve your career goals, consider working with the highly qualified recruiting staff here at WunderLand. Not only can we help you navigate your job search, but we will ensure you are fully prepared for the interviewing process.