Post-interview thank you note template

If your interview’s over, you’re probably thinking, “Now that my interview’s over, do I need to do anything else?”

Yes, actually, you do need to do one more thing. What one thing is that?

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Send a thank you note after your interview

After you finish your interview, it’s important to thank the interviewer. I don’t mean while you’re still talking to them, although you should do this too, I mean afterward.

 A quick thank you within 24 hours is expected by most interviewers.

 You won’t get the job only because you sent a thank you, but you’ll be noticed if you don’t send one.

Format for your thank you note

Email is the best way to send a thank you.

In some industries written thank you notes are still common, but in other industries like tech sending a written note doesn’t fit the culture. If you use email you will be fine in all cases.

I advise against written notes because they take so long to arrive; you want to get yours in there before days and days have elapsed.

When should you send the thank you note?

Within 24 hours. If you can send it the same day, do that.

The reason you’re sending the note is because you want to give the interviewer one more reason to think positively of you. If you send it after they’ve already made up their mind about whom to hire, what’s the point? You want to send it quickly so you have a chance to influence them.

What to say in your post-interview thank you note

A note that says simply “thank you for meeting with me” is nice, but what does it show? That you have manners? Manners are good, but they probably already know you have manners (I hope you showed them you have manners during your interview.)

 There are several things you can say in your note:

  •  You should say “thank you for meeting with me.”

  • You can promote yourself more by reminding them of your skills or experience.

  •  You can refer to something you said in your interview if you want to underline it.

  •  If there’s something you forgot to say, say it.

  •  Tell them one reason you’re excited to have the job.

 Thank you email template

You can use this template for the basic idea and customize it with your own ideas.

Hi [Interviewer Name],

Thank you for meeting with me today. I enjoyed learning more about the job, and I’m excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and [do whatever you would be doing].

[Additional info if you wish.]

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

Example of a thank you email

Dear X,

I would like to take the time to thank you and the hiring team for your willingness to speak to me on Friday about the X position. I’m excited by the prospect of working for X and adding my expertise to your team.

My skills seem to be an ideal fit for the X role, and to reiterate, I feel that I could be a great asset as I am able to think and act globally in the area of X.

I enjoyed our interview and look forward to speaking with you again about the role.

Sincerely,

X

Send a LinkedIn connection request

After you send your thank you email, you can also send a LinkedIn connection request. This is one more chance to communicate with your interviewer and make a good impression.

LinkedIn connection request template

It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more about [company] and the [name of position]. I’m very interested in joining your team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. In the meantime, I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network.

I’m happy to say that my clients, who range from senior VP level to entry level, have done well in their interviews and gotten the job they wanted. If you’d like to work together on your interview prep, email me at jennifer@interviewgenie.com to schedule a free consultation or a paid interview prep session.

Interview Genie is an interview prep company. I specialize in coaching non-native English speakers but I also work with native speakers.

 

 

Georgetown McDonough EMBA interview questions

Here’s a list of questions that my client recently got asked in his EMBA interview at Georgetown University.

This should give you an idea of potential questions, although interview questions can vary widely from interviewer to interviewer.

Georgetown McDonough EMBA interview questions

The first thing my client told me is that the admissions officer had read his application package closely. The officer knew the names of his recommenders and could talk about his resume without looking at it. He’d clearly done his homework.

Don't all admissions people do this? Not necessarily. The admissions officers at the better schools tend to spend more time with the applications before the interview.

The reason this matters to you is that if your interviewer already knows about you when you meet, you won't be spending much time on intro questions like "Tell me about yourself" and "What do you want to learn in this program?" 

This means you'll start out with the harder questions.

Georgetown EMBA Interview Questions

The interview started with a case study: my client was given15 min to read a 5 page case. I'm not going to talk about how to analyze a business case right now but it's very common in B school interviews. 

Once you factor the case in, there were only 30 minutes left for questions. Here are the questions he got asked.

1. What weaknesses or gaps in your skills are you hoping that the program will address?

I assume you already know the answer to this question, so you should be honest. You've probably already talked about this in your essays.

2. What strengths would you bring to the program?

Before your interview you should prepare your key selling points, the top 3-5 things about yourself that you want to talk about in your interview. 

3. How do you want to be remembered by your peers in the program once you're finished? 

Another way of asking you about your strengths. 

4. Whom do you most admire?

My client said his father, but I don't recommend this answer because it's fairly common. 

Remember the point of the interview — to talk about your strengths when possible. Give an answer that shows something about who you are. 

5. If you could have a cup of coffee with one person in the world, across all time, whom would it be? And what would you discuss?

Please don't say Jesus or Steve Jobs. I hear these answers all the time.

My client said LeBron James, and that he wanted to ask him about what business ventures he's going to do once he retires from playing. This was a good answer because it wasn't what everyone else says — I'm sure no one else will say the same thing. 

It also conveyed something about my client's personality: he's from Cleveland and he loves basketball. Is this really a strength? Well, the interviewer wants to know your personality. You want them to remember you. I'm sure they won't forget the person who talked about LeBron, whereas if you say Jesus or Steve they will forget you the second you walk out the door. 

5. How will you apply what you learn to your current job?

6. What’s your biggest challenge right now at your current workplace?

And then the interview was over.

Not very long at all, but no intro questions, no resume-related questions, unless you count #6, and no behavioral questions.

 

How to prepare for your MBA interview

INSEAD MBA interview questions

Let's work together preparing for your interview so you get into the school of your choice. Email me at jennifer@interviewgenie.com to schedule a consultation.

Interview Genie is an interview prep company. I specialize in coaching non-native English speakers.