Let’s first look at a couple things that got you to that point and why the thank-you email is so critical to moving your candidacy to the top of the list.
First, you responded to a phone call, LinkedIn message, or email from the recruiter (that’s me). That is a good first step. After you convinced me that you have the skills needed, we presented you to the client and they in turn loved your skill set. So the HR team had a quick 30 min phone call with you to make sure you weren’t lying on your resume. That’s good, because you passed that test with flying colors. Finally, you were moved on to the face to face interview with the hiring manager.
Let’s keep in mind that the hiring manager has seen about 30+ resumes from the internal recruiting team along with another 20+ from the other external recruiters. From these, they chose to see the best of the best (that’s you). Looking at this from the hiring manager’s view point, they don’t care where you came from (unless it is a small organization), so you are just one of the 3-4 candidates they chose to interview. This is where things get interesting, as a great recruiter will help you prep for the interview with company insights, best interviewing tips, top interviewing questions to ask, etc. But the one thing most neglect to touch on is the thank-you email. As an afterthought, they say, “oh yeah, don’t forget to send it!”
So you got through the interview, you love the opportunity and the hiring manager is great and you can definitely see yourself working for them. You leave the interview pumped and the hiring manager leaves the interview impressed, but where do you fall within the top 4 that they are interviewing? Again with a great recruiter, you will know how many they are interviewing and if you are first, in the middle or last interviewee. It’s important to know that as well. If you are first you want to make sure to leave a lasting impression that all others are compared too. If you are last, you want to be the freshest in their mind. In the middle, you want to stand above the rest and become the new standard by which they are comparing the rest of the interviewee’s. How do you do that? Through the often overlooked power of the thank-you.
We have seen how the thank-you can thrust you to the top of a candidate pool. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate masterpiece of writing to the hiring manager. You just have to thank them for their valuable time and again tell them how much you can see yourself working for a great leader at this organization.
How exactly does a prompt thank-you note show the hiring manager you should be at the top of the candidate list? Think about this… who is going to respond to the hiring manager’s request for something first down the road? Who is not only showing they have the drive to succeed, but that they also follow up on the discussions with actions? Who is truly showing the initiative that they want this opportunity? That’s right, you are.
I’m sure some skeptics are saying, that sounds great and all, but what if you don’t have the hiring managers email address? That is where I come in as your recruiter. I work directly with the hiring managers and I interact with them constantly through email, text, and phone calls. You generate the email directed to the hiring manager and send it to me and I can forward that directly to the hiring manager as soon as I get it. My job is to make sure you have the skills the client is looking for and ensure you have the best interview tools to put you at the top of the list. This is only one aspect of the interview process that will help you, but it definitely makes an immediate impact every time.