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The interview behind you, you can breathe easy. There’s a spring in your step as you head out of the office to face the rest of your day and send your best friend a text that simply reads, “Nailed it!”
But before you bask in the confidence of knowing you aced the all-important meeting and can soon say “See ya” (professionally, of course) to your current boss—or at least stop eating cereal for dinner with the promise of a steady paycheck on the horizon—don’t overlook sending that thank you note.
For many hiring managers, it can be seen as a make-or-break move and it’s downright stupid to miss out on a job opportunity over something so simple.
Luckily for you, Muse co-founder Alex Cavoulacos has made it even easier by creating a thank you template.
Hi [Interviewer Name],
Thank you so much for meeting with me today. It was a pleasure to learn more about the team and position, and I’m excited about the opportunity to join [Name of Company] and help [bring in new clients / develop world-class content / anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.
I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can provide additional information.
Now, know that if you met with more than one person, you need to send everyone a separate note and personalize each one. You can pull this off by just including something that shows you were paying attention—such as “Have a great trip to Mexico” or “Can’t wait to listen to that marketing podcast you mentioned.”
To get some bonus points, send a handwritten one as well. Since you don’t want to be repetitive, make sure to tweak the message a bit:
“Thanks again for taking the time to meet this week. I’m still thinking about/My brain’s swirling with ideas about [something you discussed] and I am even more excited to continue the conversation about the role.”
Of course, if you’re going to go that route, do yourself a favor and bring a pre-addressed, stamped envelope and card with you so you can write the message while the interview is super fresh.
Whether you decide to do one or both—don’t let yourself be knocked out of the running on account of bad manners.