The interview follow-up letter
A few months ago I applied for a job and got an interview, which went well.
Shortly after, something bothered me.
Do I just wait, or was there anything more I could do to maximise the chances of getting the job?
And then I discovered a horrible concept: the interview thank you letter.
I’d already thanked them at interview for inviting me in. Now I had to consider whether to pen a letter and risk appearing grovelling, overly keen… needy. Surely it’d have a negative effect?
Not very British
Apparently they are essential to:
- confirm your interest and enthusiasm
- remind the panel of who you are and offer a chance to underline your qualities and
- keep the lines of communication open.
But I soon realised the articles were all American. It’s not a very British thing to do. So I didn’t write one. And waited for the result. And waited.
After two days I knew I hadn’t got the job, and asked for feedback. I received a kind call from one of the interviewers. The job had gone to someone already doing the same kind of work.
Would I have got the job by writing an interview thank you letter?
In the UK, it’s surely doubtful, and I hope the requirement is not going to spread here. Although, The Apprentice’s interview attack dog Claude Littner remarks that “following an interview up with a letter […] leaves a marked impression.” Worrying, I feel.
One benefit may be that it’ll encourage the panel to tell you their negative decision without you having to chase. If you do decide to write one, I suggests keeping it brief.
What about you—have you written or received interview thank you letters, and if so did they have a positive effect? Or maybe you’re against them, like me.
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