One of the big universal questions construction recruiters hear is “Do I really need to write a thank you note in the 21st Century?”
As some of my hiring managers have told me… “If I do not get a thank you note then I assume that they either do not want the job or they are disorganized. Either way, my opinion of them is reduced so I will likely move on to the next candidate.” Well, that pretty much tells me that post interview thank you notes are just as valuable today as they were 50 years ago.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY: The post interview thank you note needs to be short, sweet and to the point. It consists of three to four sentences and should follow this basic format:
1) Thank you for meeting me today about (insert job title)
2) I really want this job (mention the name of the job)
3) This is why I am the perfect person for the job (one or two sentences)
Paper vs Email:
Sure, we would all love to get a fully embossed fine linen note card written in your finest handwriting but let’s face it we simply to not have that much time to make an impression. Hiring managers will likely make the hiring decision before the note hits there desk if it ever makes it there at all. Therefore, getting an appropriate email to them quickly is more important than your penmanship and your exquisite taste in stationary.
Here are a few reasons why you should email:
1) Sending a thank you email on the same day of the interview shows that you are really interested in the position and are on the ball.
2) You are making it easy for the interviewer to write back to you, maybe even setting the next interview.
3) If the hiring manager searches their email with your name, not only will your resume pop up but your thank you note will as well. Always a good way to show them you are a detail-oriented person.
4) You know that the email will actually reach the person who interviewed you as opposed to having to go through the mail room and administrative staff.
5) You can easily customize the letter to each individual who you spoke with during your interview. Each thank you letter should address specific needs the company has that you can fill.
Post Interview Thank You Letter for the Construction Professional:
Dear Mr. Smith,
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to discuss with me the Mechanical Estimator position you currently have available. After learning more about the job duties and responsibilities, I even more excited about this position as Senior Estimator. I feel my knowledge in both Estimation and Quickpen estimating software packages along with my 10 years of experience estimating commercial projects up to $10 million will make me a strong member of your estimating team. Again, thank you for your time. I look forward to going to the next step in the interview process with ABC Mechanical Contractors.
HVAC/Plumbing Senior Estimator