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Do You Know When your Interview is Really Over? You Might be Surprised

So you have just finished the interview you have been prepping all week for. And you are most likely overcome with the mix of emotions that can flood you after the excitement of the interview wears off.

“Did I do well, why did I say that, did they like me?”

It is easy for us to get lost in the post-interview whirlwind of thoughts, but one thing that is important not to forget: once you step out of the interview room you are not entirely done with the interview.

You should make sure that you always remember to send your interviewee a thank you note. Doing so shows that you are responsible and considerate of others time. Not receiving a thank you note from a potential employee, can be a red flag to employers.  This is also a chance for you to stay fresh in the mind of those who interviewed you.

Writing a thank you note can be easier and much quicker than you think.

According to TheWorkBuzz.com, “In your note, thank the interviewer for their time, mention a specific part of the job or interview you connected with, reiterate your interest in the position and close with, ‘I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks,’ and sign your name, including your contact information again.” Outline some of the positive moments you had during the interview.

Sample of a thank you note: 

Dear Mr. Richard,

            I want to thank you for taking the time to meet with me this afternoon. I really enjoyed speaking with you on 123 inc.’s strategic plans for the future. Again I am very thankful to be in consideration for this position, and excited at the possibility of working with such a great company in the future. I look forward to hearing from you.

     Thank you, 
         AA. Smith

Keep the note short and simple, and send the note in a timely manner. The better late than never mentality does not work here. Sending the thank you note a week later defeats the purpose. You want to get a chance to send the “Thank You” before they have a chance to make their decision.

It is simple: When in doubt say Thank You. It is never a bad idea in any situation to thank someone for their time.