The Power of the Thank You Note: Navigating Post-Interview Etiquette

Did you know that more than 70% of employers expect a thank you note? As you navigate the ever-competitive nephrology job market, distinguishing yourself is vital, not just during the interview process, but also in its aftermath. Composing a thoughtful thank you note following a phone, virtual or face-to-face interview can make a lasting impact on prospective employers. 

3 Things to Include in Your Thank You Note Post Interview. 

  1. Thank the interviewer for their time. 
  2. Refer to something you talked about in the interview.
  3. Reiterate your interest in the opportunity and ask about next steps, OR politely let them know the opportunity was not a fit for you. 

Make it Personal. 

Expressing gratitude for the interview demonstrates professionalism and highlights your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and effort. Get personal in your message, reference specific moments or topics that stood out during the interview. This shows genuine engagement and can leave a memorable impression. 

Make it Timely. 

Keep in mind timely communication post-interview is essential. Email is the most common and widely accepted format for thank you notes, but even a text message is appreciated. It offers a quick and convenient way to express appreciation and confirm next steps.  

Whether you’re interested in moving forward or tactfully withdrawing from consideration, transparency is key. Employers value candidates who are proactive and clear about their intentions. Failing to communicate, also known as ghosting, can not only tarnish your professional image but hinder the hiring process. Even if you’ve decided the position isn’t suitable for you, offering a polite rejection shows respect for the time and effort the employer invested in you. 

Make it Count. 

While it might appear insignificant, sending a thank you note can have a substantial impact. This straightforward yet powerful step can set you apart as a polite, professional, and proactive candidate. It keeps you top of mind with hiring managers among a sea of candidates, potentially tipping the scales in your favor. Never underestimate the power of a simple thank you – it could be the key to securing your dream job! 

If you need assistance following-up post interview, contact the US Renal Care team for guidance.