When to say thank you, but not positively

Thank you for the interview? Follow up properly

The job interview is over, it was probably quite good, but now it's time to wait and hope for good news or the job offer, right ?! Not correct! Because after the interview is before the interview. No applicant should be idle now. As long as you do not have an employment contract that is ready to be signed, you should continue to apply so as not to waste valuable time. But there is more you can do to increase your job opportunities: follow up and yourself thank you for the interview. No joke! This has nothing to do with sloppiness, as some might think. Rather, it's a good tactic to stand out in a positive way - if done right ...

Thank you for the interview? Yes or no?

Meet regularly when it comes to thank-you letters two opinions on each other:

  • Some hold it unnecessary and affected frills, who rate HR as a scam anyway and who therefore only does work, but does not bring anything.
  • The others use it in a targeted manner to correct mistakes in the job interview afterwardsto call to mind and ultimately to show personal greatness - even in the event of a cancellation.

One can discuss at length and depth who is right - but there is no clear answer. Not least because of that too Personnel decision-makers react to this in completely different ways and rate such thank-you letters.

But we can now say from over 20 years of experience, from numerous conversations with HR staff and many letters and comments from our readers and fans: The big one The majority reacts positively to it - for several reasons:

  • The majority of HR managers see it renewed engagement. Anyone who follows up in this way really wants the job and definitely stays in touch.
  • Some even say that the candidates gain such an advantage over their competitors because that again casts a positive light on theirs personality throws - and that ultimately makes the difference.
  • And still other applicants say they do so correct some things in retrospect, supplement or put in a better light, which ultimately helped them to find a job.

Just recently one wrote to us Reader to:

Hello dear Career Bible team,

i read your page regularly. Especially at the moment when I am actively looking for a job. I have already been able to incorporate many good tips from you into my application process. One of the best tips from you for me personally: after a pleasant interview, no matter how it turned out, to write a few words of thanks.

I have got used to sending a thank you email when I have particularly pleasant contacts with my interlocutors. Without ulterior motives. Just to say "thank you" because I want to. But the result is phenomenal. I would never have believed that such a small gesture would meet with so much positive feedback.

I received a very nice reply to one of my emails, which included the following sentence, among other things: “Be assured; as soon as there are opportunities that are suitable for you, xxx will contact you. "

Thanks to you, I learned that a thank you for the efforts of my interlocutors is just a small gesture. The effect, in turn, is enormous.

Therefore, with this email I am also saying “Thank you” to the Career Bible Team.

But of course you can also do the exact one opposite happen. If you overdo it, send out noticeably hollow phrases or even copy it somewhere, you might do one good impression quickly wrecked again.

So if you are want to say thank you for the interview, you should pay attention to the following points ...

How to say thank you for the interview

A thank you letter is natural no guaranteethat you get positive feedback and the job in the end too. Nevertheless, it gives you the chance to express your interest again and maybe yourself To stand out from the crowd of applicants.

So when you say thank you for the interview, here's what to look for to make the exact impression you want to convey:

  1. No general wording

    As with any application, you should not create the impression that you have used the same thank-you letter for several interviews. If the recruiter thinks he has received a general standard letter that has already been sent to dozens of other employers, your chances of getting a job are more likely to decrease. A thank you letter is something personal - you say thank you personally from the person you were talking to at the time (maybe even handwritten) for the invitation, the good atmosphere, the information ... The more details you give, the clearer it becomes: this letter is an original.

  2. Don't be pushy

    You write to say thank you for the interview - not to push the recruiter into a decision or beg how much you want the job. Such formulations only seem desperate and call your self-confidence and your worth into question. You end up selling yourself as the best choice for the job.

  3. Address key points in the conversation

    Instead of begging, emphasize that the conversation confirmed your desire to work for this company; that the challenges irritate you or that this or that surprised you in a particularly positive way. You can also address important aspects of the interview: What did you find particularly relevant? Which of your qualifications may not have been applied correctly? You can also add one or two skills here that speak for you but were not addressed. But only briefly and discreetly, please. The thank you letter is not a second application - the thank you is still in the foreground.

How you can formulate such a thank-you letter as well as numerous samples and templates can be found HERE in our detailed Dossier for the letter of thanks

First of all, an example:

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