Are Post Interview Follow-Up “Thank You” Emails Really Necessary?

Well-written post-interview follow-up emails set you apart

As the etiquette guidelines for business people and use of formal dress codes and practices have eased over the years some job seekers today may feel that sending a thank you email after an interview is a bit old-fashioned and unnecessary. I completely disagree for several reasons. For one, being courteous and thankful for another person’s time will never go out of style. It also puts the sender in at least the top 50%, and likely much higher, of interviewees so just doing it sets you apart from many of your competitors seeking that job. In truth it doesn’t take much time or energy to send an email. But what you say is important. Here are some tips:

  • Touch on the key points of the job raised in the interview. Did the interviewer stress two or three two “must have” attributes? If so, speak to those and remind the interviewer how you possess them and if you feel you didn’t do it well enough during the interview now is the time to do it.
  • You can also expand on your responses to other questions that came up. Keep it short but provide additional information to support your belief that you have what they are looking for.
  • Be sure to recap the discussion and reiterate how you can contribute to the success of their team and organization. Keep in mind that if you met with the hiring manager she is definitely wondering if you will make her look good or be a problem. State clearly “Ms. Rosario I am confident I can hit the ground running a make a significant contribution to the success of the Acme Widget Engineering Team sooner rather than later”. This particular statement me feel a bit over the top to some folks but if you truly believe it than say it. There aren’t many hiring managers that get excited by a job candidate who writes “I think I can do the job pretty well but I’m sure there’s a steep learning curve”. In response, the hiring manager is likely thinking “Uh, I think I’ll pass on this guy…
  • Close with a statement of sincere interest in the position and your desire to join that organization. “Ms. Jackson having spent some time with you I am more interested than ever joining your team. I look forward to talking again soon and moving forward in your selection process”.

Frank Manfre



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Frank Manfre

Business consultant & coach w/ 35 years experience in leadership roles in for profit and nonprofit organizations focused on developing leaders & org health