According to CareerBuilder, one in five hiring managers say they are less likely to hire someone who didn’t send a thank you follow up email after their interview. In other words, a follow-up email is just as important as pre-interview preparation or turning up on time.

The simplest and most effective thing to do is send a follow-up email after your interview, this takes just 5 minutes and can make all the difference between getting or not getting the job you really want.

Follow-up email after a job interview

You might think a thank you email is unnecessary or overkill but chances are you are one of the numerous people interviewed that day. Remind the interviewer of who you are and what you can bring to the job with a simple and concise email.

Your interview follow up email should consist of:

  • A personalised greeting using the interviewer’s name, rather than a generic Dear Sir/Madam. If you’re unsure of your interviewer’s name, look them up on the company website or LinkedIn.
  • A casual “thank you for meeting me” or “thank you for your time” is perfect.
  • Something personal. You don’t want your follow up email to be the same as everyone else’s. Include something personal from your interview.
  • Feedback. If you really enjoyed the interview let them know. Include specifics to show your interest in the company and enthusiasm for the role.
  • Any material you mentioned in the interview. For example, a link to an online portfolio. Again, this confirms your interest and skills for the job.

You should leave the following out:

  • Don’t ask if you got the job. If you still haven’t heard any feedback on this after two weeks, it’s ok to follow up with a second email asking if any decision has been made.
  • Don’t be overly familiar – even if you think the interview did go well.
  • Any negativity. People talk, even if you don’t end up working for that company they might know someone in another company you’d love to work for.
  • Copy and pasted information. Don’t copy and paste the same follow-up email to every employer. It will be obvious to the employer and shows no enthusiasm or dedication.

If you are doubting whether you should or shouldn’t send an interview follow-up email, you should.

One in five hiring managers admits they are less likely to hire someone who doesn’t send a thank you email after an interview. Make your email personal and genuine and it could be the difference between getting the job or not.

Looking for more job interview advice?

Find out everything you need to know about job interviews in the Cpl Interview Handbook.