You’ve nailed your interview, and whether or not you’ll get the job is up to fate to decide. Or is it?

Why a Thank-You Could Be the Difference Maker

According to data released recently by CareerBuilder, 22 percent of hiring managers are less likely to hire a job candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview. Why? According to some job interviewers, it shows a lack of follow-through and that the candidates aren’t serious about the job opportunity.

Of course, many job seekers are uncertain about the line between following up with an interviewer and pestering them. A good rule of thumb is to send a thank-you note the day of your interview, and then checking back in a few days after any deadlines they gave you (assuming you don’t hear back) is acceptable.

Determine the Most Proper Way to Say Thanks

Writing a thank you card

Obviously, the most important of these two actions is the thank-you note. How you send the thank-you note, of course, is up to company culture; traditional companies would likely want a hand-written note, while more modern companies that use video job interviews software would likely appreciate an emailed thank-you. However, refrain we suggest from making a telephone call to thank your interviewer– one hiring manager told Forbes that, “for many, many years, the last thing I wanted was a candidate to interrupt my busy day to thank me for the job interview they just had.”

What to include in your thank-you note? It’s up to you, of course, but Forbes recommends:

  • The hiring manager’s name
  • The title of the open position
  • Something specific about the interview or important items discussed
  • Your interest in the position
  • Your appreciation for their time (the “thank you” part)
  • Your recognition of the next steps in the hiring process
  • Your contact information

Put effort into your thank-you note, and don’t just reiterate your cover letter. Speak intelligently about your interview– show that you were paying attention, and were engaged with the interviewer during the process. Sending a follow-up letter can make the difference between getting the job or being passed over for the position. So, really, what do you have to lose?