Thank You Important Following Interviews
Jan. 31, 2018
If you’ve paid attention to this Concorde blog, you pretty much have all the information you need to successfully navigate a health care job interview. From how to dress, to what questions to ask, to what questions to expect to be asked, from what to stress and when … we’ve pretty much covered it all here.
But, what about after the health care job interview. You’ve subjected yourself to the interrogation. You think it went well. Now, you want to maximize your chances at actually landing that coveted health care job.
There are some things you can do after the health care job interview to help your chances … starting with the thank you. We wanted to find out what is the appropriate way to send out a thank you following the health care job interview. To get this information, we leaned on a couple of our resident graduate employment specialists to get their takes.
Here’s what they had to say.
The importance of the thank you following the health care job interview
“Thank you notes are essential,” said Joan Kilna, BHRM, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concorde’s campus in Portland, Ore. “If an employer is looking at two candidates with equivalent experience and excellent interviews, sending a thank you note can put you over the top.”
A good thank you note can be used for other purposes, Kilna said. You can use a thank you note to give a different answer to a question you answered badly. Use a thank you note to follow up on a question you didn’t know the answer to. Write a thank you note that reinforces your understanding of the job requirements.
“Thank you notes should also be used after you meet someone for networking purposes, such as after a job fair, an association meeting or a lecture,” Kilna said.
She added that, while thank you notes are not as formal as cover letters, they should look professional and show good communication skills.
It is acceptable to send a thank you email instead of a handwritten note, but your note should be sent within 24 hours of the meeting.
“Specify the time and date of the meeting so they can quickly connect your note to your interview,” Kilna said.
Other best practices in sending a thank you
Cassandra Geddes, Senior Graduate Employment Specialist at Concorde’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla., thinks an email is the most effective and efficient method of sending a thank you.
Timeliness of delivery is the key.
“I believe timing is everything, so in my experience of coaching students and graduates, I strongly suggest sending an email within a day of the interview,” Geddes said. “Electronic communication is how most communicate today.”
Kaitlin Jackson-Ferriot, Senior Graduate Employment Specialist at Concorde’s campus in Garden Grove, Calif., added that if you interview in front of a panel or group of people, it’s important to write individual thank you letters to each person. She agrees that, in today’s high-speed, electronic world, email might be the preferred method.
“Thank you letters set you apart from other candidates, make it personal,” she said. “If you are going to make it generic, then don’t bother. People forget to thank employers for taking time out of their day to meet with you. It is important to take note of.”