Even if you think you nailed the interview, you should still send a thank-you note, because according to a CareerBuilder.com study, this small gesture can affect hiring decisions. Poll results found that more than one in five employers say that a candidate has a lower chance of getting the job if they skip out on sending a thank-you note after the interview. Hiring managers feel it signifies that you don't follow through and that you're not taking the job opportunity seriously. Here are more things an employer wants to see:
- Electronic Thank-You: 89 percent say that it's fine to send a thank-you by email, and half actually prefer the note in that form. However, it really depends on your industry as well. For example, those in the IT field prefer a thank-you email, while the financial industry hirers say an email is not their preference, but it's still acceptable.
- Thank More Than One: If you were interviewed by more than one person, CareerBuilder.com advises to send each one of them a thank-you note. Make sure you get their emails so you know how to reach out to them. You can do this by asking for their business cards or the coordinator of these interviews.
- Career Summary on the Top: 70 percent of employers say they prefer to see a career summary on the top of the résumé instead of an objective.
- A Bullet List of Achievements and Relevant Keywords on Résumé: These are other items that will catch the hiring manager's eyes. "One-in-five hiring managers say they spend 30 seconds or less looking at a resume, so all your communications need to be professional and to the point," says Rosemary Haefner, the vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com.
Another thing you might find interesting is that it's common for companies to electronically scan résumés for keywords, which is why it's really important for you to pick relevant ones. It's also important to specifically state what value you've added to your company and the quantifiable results you had on your company's profits. The aim is to prove your claims to convince them that you'll make a worthy addition to their team!