Writing a follow-up email after a job interview is an excellent way to reinforce your interest in the position, and it gives you one more chance to sell yourself.
The best follow-up emails are short and sweet, and believe it or not, there are certain keywords that will improve your chances of getting a job offer.
The next time you follow up after a job interview, try to include a few of these power words in your message to boost your chances of a callback.
Use I will, not I can. As you tout your abilities, using the word “will” instead of “can” implies that you’re ready to hit the ground running. For example, “I will use my experience with Microsoft Excel at [Company] to improve organization and boost efficiency.”
Goals. Briefly touching on future goals can help reinforce your commitment to the company over the long term. For example, “My goals at [Company] will include increasing revenue and doubling quarterly sales in one year.”
Detail-oriented. The devil is in the details, and most organizations need to focus on those details. For example, “As I said in the interview, I am detail-oriented and will use my attention to detail to improve software efficiency and reduce network downtime.”
Achievements. Briefly re-state your major achievements that directly relate to the position. For example, “My achievements at [former company] make me a great fit at [Company], especially in software integration with [software product].”
Highlights. If your work has been published (author, presenter, etc), use your follow-up email to point out some of your biggest accomplishments. For example, “Below are highlights of my work in several high-profile publications.”
Opportunity to prove. Lastly, re-ignite your desire to make an impact at the company. For example, “I would love the opportunity to prove that I am the best fit for the role.”
Your follow-up letter does not need to include every one of these but try to include several.
Here are a few additional tips to help you score your next job with an effective follow-up letter:
Consider submitting a hand-written letter to the hiring manager instead of sending an email. A hand-written letter is much more personal and will stand out from the pack. Since this will take longer than writing an email, write and mail the letter as soon as you can after the interview.
Write an email to everyone who interviewed you – not just the manager or the person with the most seniority. The other interviewers will appreciate you taking the time to include them. Be sure to get everybody’s business cards before leaving the interview.
Follow-up once more. If you haven’t heard anything after a few days, consider following up with the hiring manager. But, be careful not to be pushy. Instead, gently nudge them about the position and ask if there are any next steps that you can help with. There is no need to re-state your experience or qualifications in this email.