Wouldn't it be great to have a thank-you email template for after the interview? I don't mean a boilerplate that makes all your thank-you emails sound alike; but a template that guides you through the process of writing a different thank-you note each time.
My "Past-Present-Future" Thank-You Formula
I have a Past-Present-Future formula for what to say in your thank-you email. It runs like this:
Past: Thank you for the interview
+ Present: Here's what I'm thinking now
Future: The next step in your hiring process
By talking about the past, present, and future in your message, you'll keep the conversation going. Add a "thank you" to all that and you've got a great thank-you email for after the interview.
My Thank-You Email Template for the Job Interview
Using the formula above, here's my thank-you email template:
Paragraph #1: Begin your email with a "thank you" for the interview you just had. (That's the past.)
Paragraph #2: Move on to say what you're thinking about or doing since the meeting. For example, you're making a list of ways you'd like to contribute to the company's project. (That's the present.)
Paragraph #3: Drop a hint or blatantly ask for what you'd like to have happen next. For example, another meeting. (That's the future.)
How to Use This Thank-You Email Template After the Interview
You can use this template over and over without creating the same thank you message over and over. Here's how:
- Copy and paste the template from this blog post into a Word document (where you'll have the benefit of Spell Check).
- Use the suggestions in the template to compose your new email, paragraph by paragraph.
- Then copy and paste your finished thank-you note into the body of your email message.
- Click Send and you're off and running!