After interviewing, whether it is on the phone or in person, it is important to send a thank you email. A thank you email is just a short email thanking the person or people who interviewed you, there can be times when it is more than one, for considering you for the position. When I say short, I usually think it is best to keep it to about six sentences or less. It is standard protocol to send a thank you email and usually reflects poorly on the candidate who doesn't send one.
What is the best time to send a thank you email?
This is easy, between later that day or early the following morning. Granted, there are times where it might take a day or so as you have to go through the HR correspondent to retrieve the interview's email.
How do I go about asking for the interviewer's email?
This depends upon whether or not the interviewer is the person who reached out to schedule the interview, there are times when it is another like an HR associate, and whether or not the interview was on the phone or in person. If the interview was in person, most times the interviewer gives the interviewee their business card which holds contact information. When completing a phone interview there is no opportunity to gain access to a business card to which you are left with either the person who scheduled the interview or the actual interviewer's email when they scheduled the interview. Either way, you send a thank you email. If the person who set up the interview wasn't your interviewer you just ensure to ask for the interviewer's email so you can send a thank you.
What should I make sure to say?
The entire point of a thank you email is to show how much you want the job. You want to say how great you think this opportunity would be for you and how much you would like to be a part of the company and team. You should also note to thank them for their time and for considering you for the position.
Can you give me an example of a thank you email?
Of course! Below you will see my thank you email to my interviewer from Grand Central Publishing.
Good afternoon Andrew,