How To Write A Post-Interview Thank You Email To The Hiring Manager

How To Write A Post-Interview Thank You Email

At this point in the semester, you’re probably looking around for internships or jobs for the summer to build a little experience. Or, you’re looking for your first real-world, grown-up job or post-college internship. Either way, we’re in the same boat, my friend. Submitting an application and moving to the interview phase of the process can be so exciting, but also so overwhelming. Your resume and cover letter were good enough to earn you a conversation (in-person or over the phone) with the hiring manager, editor, or whoever your superior might be (p.s., I’ve got tips for writing both resumes and cover letters that you should check out!). And even if you really shine during your interview, the next couple of hours afterward are absolutely crucial for one reason…

Your thank you note! 

I know a lot of people actually overlook thank you notes (as in, they think it’s old-fashioned and they don’t need to send one in 2018, or they don’t even know that sending thank you notes is an actual thing). In fact, I read an article once that suggested thank you emails and notes as the thing to do if you’re really serious about getting the position. The article recommended sending the note within 24 hours after your interview. And, some hiring managers who weighed in on the article even said that if they don’t receive a thank you email from the person they interviewed, they sometimes assume that the person didn’t care enough about the position they interviewed for. And nothing screams job-killer like a recruiter who thinks you don’t give a crap.

I found this tidbit both exciting and a bit nerve-wrecking. Exciting because I love writing thank you notes and emails, but nerve-wrecking because now I know that most recruiters expect one. I know it can be hard to think of the right kind of language to include in your email—like, are you literally supposed to say “Dear so-and-so, thank you for your time interviewing me today. Best Regards!”? To put it frankly, no. So today in this post I’m sharing tips for creating the perfect thank you email for sending to interviewers. And, if you’re also interested in learning more about my internship experiences, check out my post on How I Landed A Beauty + Fashion Internship In NYC.

1. Keep it short and sweet. 

Like me! Okay, I’m not actually that short. I’m actually just under the average height for girls—missed it by, like, an inch. But anyways, make sure your note is literally just a couple of sentences—four is perfect; five is the limit. The hiring manager absolutely does not have the time to read your five-paragraph essay with an intro and conclusion just thanking them for their time and reminding them why you’re the perfect fit for their company. Believe me, shorter is better. Also, I forgot to say this in my intro, but I absolutely don’t think I know everything there is to know about getting hired for a job or internship, so if you feel like you should take what I say with a grain of salt, by all means, you do you, girl (or dude). But just know that I wouldn’t give you a tip or piece of advice without trying it myself. 🙂

2. Start by thanking them for their time. 

Say something like, “I really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you earlier about ABC position at XYZ company.” After you greet them in your email, of course. You can create any variation of that sentence that you want, but I like saying this because it’s simple and short. Also, pro tip: make sure you got their business card with their email on it during the interview! This way, you can send your thank you email without having to guess what their contact info is.

Read also: How To Stay Confident When Applying to Jobs and Internships

3. Reiterate the highlight of your conversation. 

I know that interviews tend to feel like they went by in a blur, but if you can recall that one moment in your interview when you were like, “oh yea, I’ve totally got this,” then use that here. Think about what the best part of the conversation was, or if you said something that you noticed them react very positively to. This will remind them why you’re the best fit for the position.

4. Give them an extra good-to-know tidbit about yourself. 

Maybe there was something they brought up during the interview that you have experience with but for some reason forgot to say—I don’t know, things can happen! Or maybe you just remembered another secret skill that you have that would really make you the cherry on top of this company’s ice cream sundae. This is where you give them that bit. You can say something like, “I was excited to hear that your position required XYZ skills, which I have developed due to my experiences with ABC.”

5. Thank them, again. 

Just give ’em one last line of thanks. You can also say that you look forward to moving to the next phase of the application process. I used to feel like this sounded kind of arrogant, but then I read that you shouldn’t use phrases like “I hope,” “I feel that,” “think that,” or “I believe” in cover letters or emails to a hiring manager because you should show more confidence than that. I mean, hiring managers are pretty awesome but I don’t think they have the ability to smell fear through an email (yet. Though, they are good at sniffing out bullshit, so make sure you keep it real!). What I’m saying is, I don’t think they’re going to declare you as not confident enough for the position just because you said, “I hope to move to the next round.” But if I’ve just made you paranoid about those sentences with “hope” and “feel” then feel free to cut them out altogether.

6. Send the email early in the morning. 

This is probably when the hiring manager is most likely to be checking their email, and it’s still within the 24-hour “window” for sending a follow-up thank you. They’ll be more likely to read it since it’ll be less likely to get buried in their inbox. Even if they don’t respond to you, it’s the thought that counts.

7. Make sure your email signature is rife with information about you. 

Okay, this point isn’t exactly about the thank you note itself, but I thought I’d include it here since I don’t think I’ve ever talked about email signatures at all on this blog. Aside from just your name and current title, your email signature should include your phone number, LinkedIn and portfolio link at the very least. If you’re still in college, include the name of your college and graduating semester. If you have social media accounts for professional use, include them here as well. This will help the hiring manager get to know you more. They could decide to take a quick click over to your Twitter and—who knows—they may find a tweet that they really liked or thought was really intelligent. Anything helps.

I hope you found these tips helpful! I really love writing career and internship tips because, honestly, I can go on and on about resumes, cover letters and interviews (y’all are lucky you’ve never met me in person). If you have specific questions, comment them below or email me! Or you can message me just to say hi. I love emails that say hi.

Anyways, be sure to also check out my post on How To Dress Professionally On A College Budget so you can dress to impress during that interview!

What are your tips for sending thank you notes? What other kinds of career/internship posts do you want to see? 

How To Prepare For A Girls’ Night Out—the February GLOSSYBOX Review

After a long week of appointments, events and being neck-deep in homework assignments, there’s nothing like gathering your girls, throwing on a cute outfit, and hitting the road to your favorite restaurant or hang-out spot. People often overlook the therapeutic properties of a couple of laughs over steamy plates of chicken parmesan, or hilariously terrible dancing and singing at your favorite bar.

Personally, I feel like getting ready is only half the fun. I love taking my time to apply sparkly eyeshadow, dance a little to my favorite songs and, of course, take a long, hot shower to get ready for a hangout. Wash away the day’s troubles—you know what I mean? But I know the task can feel daunting sometimes because there’s just so much you need to get done: curl your hair without burning it off; achieving a poreless foundation finish that’ll last the night; make sure your eyeshadow is blended to perfection—you know what I mean. So I’ve decided to share some tips for actually making girls’ night preparations more fun. And, I’m super excited to have been able to receive the February GLOSSYBOX to share with you all! So not only will I let you in on how I make getting ready for girls night easier and more fun, but I’ll also share my thoughts on this month’s products. So in case you’re about to head out, let’s get to those tips!

1. Prepare your bag or purse before you start getting dressed.

I find I’m usually scrambling for my cash, my keys, and everything else in the world just seconds before I’m supposed to head out. And it can be really easy to forget something this way. It’s better to get your bag ready before you do anything else. At least if you don’t have enough time to put on your lipstick, you can swipe it on in the car or in the bathroom when you get to where you’re going. But you can’t bring your entire dorm with you and sort through it later, if that makes sense(?). Some things you should consider bringing: room keys, I.D., cash, a portable charger.

2. Have a hot shower earlier in the day. 

I like to get my shower out of the way sooner so I don’t have to add it to my to-do list before heading out. Plus, that means I can take as long as I feel like taking without worrying about anyone else waiting to shower, or about making myself late. And, I now have a new favorite body wash: the John Masters Organics Body Wash in Geranium & Grapefruit. The smell is so sweet and subtle, and extremely relaxing. Plus, my GLOSSYBOX also came with a body milk to pair with it after you dry off, and, you guys, it feels SO INSANELY SILKY on my skin!! I also really love those scents that are super alluring without being overpowering, and this is definitely one of those scents that people smell when you get close to them (ooh la la).

February GLOSSYBOX Review

3. Invite your friends over for some pre-outing pampering. 

Girls’ night doesn’t necessarily have to start when you walk outside—have some fun before you hit the restaurants (or clubs, or whatever you want to hit). Get ready while you hang out with your friends. Set yourself up for a smooth complexion by doing your favorite face masks. This month’s GLOSSYBOX included the JJ Young Mud Sheet Mask. This one is the green tea mask, but there are other ones like rose hip and charcoal. The masks help unclog your pores by driving impurities out. I gave this one a go before applying my foundation, and I could already feel how much smoother my skin had become.

February GLOSSYBOX Review

4. Decide how you’re getting to your destination ahead of time. 

This sounds like a small detail, but your mode of transportation can actually affect your whole experience—including what you choose to wear. Look at it this way: If it’s really cold outside and you want to go to a bar that’s within walking distance, if you do in fact choose to walk, you should definitely bundle up, even if you don’t want to carry around a scarf and hat and poofy jacket—the walk over will be miserable otherwise. But, if you choose to split a taxi or have another friend drive you and pick you up, you may feel less inclined to bring your winter wear. Try to work this out in advanced so you can dress appropriately.

5. Search Pinterest for makeup inspiration.

Pinterest is literally my answer to everything. Well, that and Starbucks. But anyway, if you aren’t sure how to do your makeup for your night out, instead of wasting time freaking out about it or trying out shades only to rub them off right after you put them on, just do a quick search on Pinterest for a potential look. I don’t always wear eyeshadow, but when I do, I like to make sure that my look is properly blended and crease-free. So I was really happy to see the Luxie Beauty Onyx Noir Small Tapered Blending Brush in the February box. The bristles are so soft and feathery (feels like heaven on my eyelids!) and they blend my eyeshadow out really, really well. So if you’re worried that your desired Pinterest look may be too hard to achieve, you can feel a little better knowing you’re using a really good brush to help you out.

February GLOSSYBOX Review

6. Do a lip scrub for extra smooth lips. 

Okay, I’m insanely excited to talk about this tip! If you’ve ever seen me around campus, the city, or even in photos, it’s clear as day that I’m always wearing lipstick. While it’s easy to just make your lips look nice with a pop of color, you also need to make your lips feel nice by treating them right! And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go out with lipstick over dry, cracked lips—it’s not a great look for photos! So I’ll admit that I kind of freaked out a little when I saw the Royal Apothic Scrubbie Exfoliating Lip Treatment in my box. I gave this a go and it smells so yummy because of the fig extract (okay, I also may have tasted it a little and that was good too!) and it’s really easy to use—just massage a little onto your lips and wipe it away with a tissue. It’s easy to use to smooth your lips just before applying your favorite lip product. And, since we’re still on the topic of lippies, the GLOSSYBOX also came with a tube of Doucce Gloss Wear Lip Gloss. I’m a lip color fiend, so I practically teared up when I saw how gorgeous the color was (mine was #769 Tart Raspberry) and I immediately felt 10x more glamorous after swiping it on. It’s definitely a perfect lip color to apply after using the lip scrub. (P.S., please ignore my horribly chipped and un-shaped nails in my photo below. Thank ya! 🙂 ).

February GLOSSYBOX Review

February GLOSSYBOX Review

Thoughts on the February GLOSSYBOX…

Insanely cute!! I loved that this month’s theme was “Sealed with a kiss” since it’s the Valentine’s Day month, and what better way to show off the idea of a classic love letter than to send one along with wonderful products? Not only that, but I also love that all of the products in the box are super practical and actually useable in everyday life. Even if you don’t plan on using these items for girls’ night out, you can still use the sheet mask when you feel like you need a pick-me-up, or apply the body milk if your skin feels particularly dry one day. And, confession: the design of the box is so dang beautiful that I’m honestly keeping it to store things on my desk so I’ll have something pretty to look at!

If you’ve never heard of GLOSSYBOX, it’s a subscription box service that sends you five new beauty products every month for $21 to try out. It’s a great way to discover new products that you may have never even heard about. Check them out here if you’re interested in signing up!

What’s your favorite Girls’ Night Activity? 

Read also: How To Dress Professionally On A College Budget