Scoring with great answers to tough interview questions should definitely be your goal, but throwing in a few thank you’s in the right places and in the right ways can really seal the deal.
Think of a Thank-You as an opportunity to express your gratitude and highlight your enthusiasm for the job. Courtesy and good manners increase your employability quotient and differentiate you from the competition. And if required, a pleasant temperament can sometimes even make up for lack of knowledge.
Here are some simple ways of making an ordinary thank you very effective –
Well begun is half done and ensuring that you start your job interview on a good note is crucial. Sometimes candidates reschedule appointments and if you’ve done so, remember to express your thanks by “Thank You for accommodating me in your busy schedule”.
Emergencies and unforeseen delays can trouble the best of planners, and in case you arrive late, politely thank by saying, “An unfortunate accident halted traffic for a long period of time – thank you for still seeing me today.” It is assumed that you called the meeting facilitator as soon as you realized that you would not make it on time.
Interviewees often ask if there is a way to find out how the interview is going; courteously ask, “I hope my explanation answered your question completely” or “Do you want me to elaborate further?” This indicates to the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about making a great impression and his response will indicate to you how the interview is progressing.
If you need clarifications for any questions, ask; it is better than giving a wrong answer. You can then start your response with, “Thank you for the clarification, it helped me structure my thoughts… “
Nod Yes and Smile
Getting nervous for an interview is natural. When the stakes are high, it is common for all knees to shake, but there is a great way to eliminate anxiety and make a great impression – smiling. Beat stress with a smile and frequently nod yes so that the hiring manager knows that you are interested in what he is saying.
Both smiling and nodding doesn’t come naturally to many individuals and it is highly recommended that you rehearse your actions in front of a mirror in advance.
Exchanging pleasantries with a handshake is common in most parts of the world and while a good handshake can portray you as confident, a bad one can crush your chances of getting the job.
A warm thank you is easily conveyed with a gentle shake of hands and although there are several theories detailing the perfect handshake, it’s best to be safe with a semi extended arm offering your hand at 90 degrees.
Thank You Letter / Email
Thank You letters (or emails which are convenient and perfectly acceptable alternatives) are the single most important thing that a job aspirant should do after an interview. Unfortunately, this must do activity is also the one that is forgotten most often.
Thank you notes definitely convey your gratitude for the interviewer’s time and your enthusiasm for the opportunity, but they also serve two other key objectives. Firstly, if there was information that you could not provide during the interview session, you can attach it along with this note and ensure that your application is complete. Secondly, a thank you is a reminder of your candidature in the sea of other applications also vying for the job.
Always personalize the note with the correct names and even an anecdote from the meeting if it fits in professionally. To do this you should get the business cards of the interviewer or call the reception to get their official contact information.