When doing an interview, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of taking notes and absorbing information. If this was all that interviewing entails then we could all become distracted and miss out on the really important parts. So, what can you do when you get a thank you note from a phone interview? Keep reading for some useful tips.
The key to taking a proper thank you note is to keep it short and sweet. Although it might seem like the perfect time to thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration, an overly wordy thank you note will leave your interviewer with the wrong impression. If the thank you note takes too long to write then your interview answers are lost forever. Try and keep it around two sentences or so – as short and sweet an acknowledgement as possible will be most appreciated.
Another important thing to remember when doing an interview on the phone is that it is not the big moment. Your interviewer might have invited you for an interview because they see potential in you, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be a big event. Take the time to thank them for their time and ask if you can speak to them later in order to further discuss the position. Don’t let your ego get in the way of real business. If you don’t feel that you can thank them adequately then politely tell them that another time would be welcome. You could also suggest they contact you since you already know that they will be hiring someone very shortly.
One mistake many people make when taking an interview on the phone is to go through the motions of thanks, letting the interviewer know how much you enjoyed the phone interview, and thank you for the opportunity. These thank yous can be generic and ineffective. Instead, focus on expressing your enthusiasm about the position and what you can bring to the company. Also, thank them for giving you the opportunity. If there is anything else you want or need from them, express that as well. Leaving it to them though will only cause them to perceive that you are not interested in working with them.
An excellent technique for expressing appreciation is to use a thank you note. It shows that you took the time to even verbally thank them for the opportunity. Be specific about what you want and request that they give you written information on or by a due date. This will show them that you are serious about working with them and not just floating around. It is also more formal than a thank you note that simply states “thank you.”
If you are asked to attend or do work after the phone interview, you need to be professional. Mention your name, your interviewer’s name, and your company’s name. Thank them for their time, ask if you can speak to them later, and sign your name in your thank you note. Make sure to clearly communicate your thanks and that you will be in touch. You don’t have to send a formal letter, but it is always nice to express gratitude in writing.