Make the Extra Effort
Not saying anything at all out of nervousness can happen, but it is not a good way to leave. And not giving a firm handshake while looking the interviewer in the eye is considered a sign of disrespect and can quickly put an end to all of your hard work leading up to this moment. As soon as possible after the interview has ended, make sure to start writing a follow-up thank you letter.
While email is a convenient way to communicate these days, it is still not considered the most professional way of doing so with potential employers. A good old-fashioned hand-written note will show the interviewer that you care enough about the job to take the time to actually write them a note about it.
Being prompt in your delivery is also important; the recommended timeline for sending the letter is two to three days following your meeting. If you wait too long, you risk the possibility that the hiring manager has already made their decision, especially if another candidate has delivered their letter first (always assume your competition is a step ahead).
Ensure It Gets in the Right Hands
If you are working with staffing agencies or other firms that may have multiple contacts, make sure to address the proper ones. If you were interviewed by more than one person, be sure to send a separate thank you letter to each. Trust that the extra change in postage fees will be worth its weight in gold.
Professional and To-the-point
Make sure the language in your letter is professional throughout. Avoid the use of casual or slang words and remember to be concise. It is not necessary to draft a lofty two-page report detailing your skills and relevant experience. This is what the interview was for; respect the interviewer’s time and keep your message brief. Simply reaffirm your interest and thank them for the opportunity; you may be surprised how effective a few handwritten words can be.