Hi, was wondering what sort of thank you notes people have sent out after phone interviews? Any samples/advice would be most appreciated!
Date: 17 Feb 2011 00:13
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My thank you notes have three components:
1) Nice to talk to you
2) Something brief that refers to whatever you talked about during the interview (point out that you think it's a good fit based on x and y, or that you are into the fact that they would let you do z, or whatever you liked about what you learned - or, if you wanted to, you could just be more vague and just say it's a good fit)
3) Offer to answer any further questions they might have and state clearly that you are still interested in the position (use your judgment re: whether or not to openly state that you would like to interview - the one time I said this, the search chair replied to extend an informal on-campus interview invite 2 hours later, on a Saturday afternoon, so it can definitely go over well in the right context)
The main difference between my phone interview thank you notes and my on-campus interview thank you notes is length and detail. Here are two examples (I got campus interviews at both places). In the first case, it was a large panel phone interview and I sent the email to everyone who was there. In the second case, it was the search chair and one other person, and I sent the note to just the search chair. Both follow the above formula in different ways.
Dear Search Committee,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me on DAY! It was a pleasure to "meet" each of you, and I was glad for the chance to tell you more about myself and to learn more about SCHOOL. It seems to me that SCHOOL and I are a very close fit in terms of FACTOR A, and I am excited by the prospect of FACTOR B.
I am, of course, happy to speak with you further if there's anything else that comes up as you are deciding who to invite for on-campus interviews. I would very much enjoy the chance to visit, if I am selected to move forward in the process.
Looking forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks!
Hi SEARCH CHAIR,
Just dropping you a brief note to say that it was a pleasure to talk to you earlier today! I had already suspected that this position would be an excellent fit for me, but our conversation left me with no doubt. Please let me know if you think of any other questions in the coming weeks! In the meantime, I will look forward to hearing from you as the search progresses.
Dear anon! anon!
Thank you so much for your information and sharing examples. It was extremely helpful. I feel good about the email I sent and I got a fast reply giving me a time line when to expect to hear their decision regarding campus interviews. Thanks again!
Could not sending a thank you note hurt your chances? I'm just curious. Not saying, I wouldn't send one…
I think one of the things they are looking to gauge in a phone interview is level of interest (they want to see how much you have read about the school in preparation for the interview, how much you have thought about how you would fit in there, etc.), so it's important to let them know what your level of interest is after having a chance to learn more about the position (assuming they gave you the chance to ask questions). The interview process goes both ways, and they don't want to waste their time on someone who isn't seriously considering them. Not sending a follow-up note, to me, indicates lack of serious interest.
When I was on the market a few years ago I never wrote a thank you note for a phone interview or for my in-person interviews. it was only after I got a job that I ever heard about writing thank you notes for these things. Of my 8 or so phone interviews I got 7 in-person interviews (the only one I did not get was my first phone interview, and I had no clue what to expect, so i fumbled it, especially because the guy was so confrontational on the phone). Of my 7 in-person interviews, i got three offers. So I am not sure whether writing notes matters or not. I can't imagine it does as long as you don't come across as desperate. At least for me, i don't think it mattered, but who knows—maybe I would have had more offers had I written notes. I guess if you're not good at coming across as friendly and thankful in person, then maybe think about a note.
One person I heard from after I had my job actually suggested writing hand-written notes to everyone you met with and delivering them BEFORE you leave town. That seems crazy. If you've ever been on a job interview for an academic position, you probably know how exhausted you are after the first day. The only thing I wanted to do was to go back to my hotel room and sleep, not stay up all night writing love notes. But that's just my opinion—maybe everyone else writes notes, but I can say I've never received a note from any job candidate. At best, I recall candidates sending an email to the chair thanking them for the visit and the chair forwarding the email to the entire department.
I agreed with you. Any way, your points of view make me thinking about some thing for my project.
Pls try to keep posting. Tks and best regards
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