We’ve discussed the best way to follow up after an interview, but what should you include in a follow-up to note make sure the hiring manager or recruiter really notices? According to career strategist Hannah Morgan, it’s a short, sweet, three line message that reaffirms your interest in the position and thanks the interviewer for their time. Here’s what it looks like.
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The follow-up letter, she explains, should be easily digestible by the reader. After all, hiring managers are busy, and it’s a short walk from “appreciative that you sent a thank you note” to “annoyed you’re wasting my time”. Here’s what she suggests:
Paragraph 1: This two- or three-sentence paragraph explains why you are writing…thank you.
Paragraph 2: This paragraph reminds the interviewer why your specific skills are a match for the job and how you will add value to their organisation.
This might also be an opportunity to address any of your areas of weakness during the interview or to improve upon an answer you gave during the interview.
Paragraph 3: In this paragraph, emphasise your gratitude for the opportunity and state when YOU will be following up.
You can probably trim this down even more, but the format looks solid. She explains that the best time to send the note is 24-48 hours after your interview, and to send it directly to the hiring manager or recruiter that you worked with. A follow-up won’t make up for a poor fit to the position or a bad interview, but it can show character and tip the scales in your favour.
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