Are you thinking of writing a thank you letter after your second interview? We’ve got something for you. It’s essential to keep an open line of communication after your second interview, just like you did after your first. A thank you letter after the second interview can help you with that. It also shows you are still interested and hopeful and may influence the panel’s decision-making process.
However, just like any interview-related email, it must be written well. You should know what to include and the tone to avoid appearing overconfident, underconfident, or, even worse, unprofessional. However, before we look at how you can write an excellent thank you email after your second interview, let’s see the reasons why a thank you email is advisable in the first place.
1. Shows Appreciation
We all love to be recognized and appreciated. A thank you email or note after your second interview allows you to express your gratitude to the panel for taking the time to interview you and the organization for giving you a chance to interview with them for the second time.
2. Allows You to Follow Up On the Interview
Sending a thank you email, note, or letter after your second interview allows you to follow up on the hiring status. You can ask when the final decision will be made or request that they update you on any relevant information.
3. Allows You to Market Yourself
You can reiterate why you are the best candidate for the particular role or position in your thank-you letter, which may sway the decision-making process in your favor. Remember, you already made it to the second interview, meaning that you were among the top considerations for the particular role. Reminding the panel or organization why they invited you for the interview in the first place is okay.
The above explanations should give you enough reasons to draft a well-written thank you email after your second interview. We should now answer the following questions: who to thank, when to send the email, and what to include. Let’s find out.
A thank you email should be addressed to a specific person or specific people, not the entire organization. You can choose to thank every interview panel member or reply under the interview invite thread in your email that you definitely have. However, don’t write one email and ‘cc’ all your interviewers, as that may give a wrong impression, which you should avoid at this critical point. Remember, the interviewers have to choose among other qualified candidates like you, so any mistake before making a decision may serve as a reason to disqualify you.
You can also write thoughtful handwritten notes to the panel members to show that you are enthusiastic about the job. Handwritten letters also have a personal touch and can win over the interviewers’ hearts. Remember, despite looking intimidating or unapproachable in their neutral-colored suits, interviewers are still human beings at the end of the day, just like you and me.
Timing is just as important as knowing who to address. Whether you handwrite you thank you note or email it, ensure that it is sent within 24 hours after the interview, as those are the most critical hours. You don’t want to send your email days after everyone has and risk being seen as less interested in the role.
1. Communicate You Interest In The Job Once More
Do not shy away from letting the interviewers know that you are interested in the job once more. Reiterating your interest in the company, role, or position shows enthusiasm and will work in your favor.
2. Include Something Unique You Discussed With The Interviewer
You must have discussed something unique with the interviewer regarding the organization, be it the company’s missions or culture. Reminding them of whatever it is can work in your favor and make you outstanding if they manage to remember the discussion. Alternatively, you can look up the interviewers on LinkedIn and establish common links, such as attending the same school or being members of the same organization and include the information in your thank-you note.
3. Remember to Sell Yourself
Unless the panel unanimously picks a candidate during the interview, 24 hours is such a short duration to decide, so you still have a chance to sell yourself and beat other candidates. Remind the interviewers how your experience and skills make you an excellent match for the role or position or why you are confident that you should be given the job.
4. Ask the Interviewer If They Need Any More Information
Only ask the interviewer if they need any information you haven’t provided yet in your thank you email if you didn’t do so during your interview. You can also add additional relevant points, provided that you keep your note precise and concise. Refrain from offering more information if the interviewer told you that they have everything they needed in your second interview.
5. Include a Status Update Request
Remember, one of the main reasons interviewees are advised to send thank-you emails after the second interview is to follow up on the panel’s decision. Therefore, remember to ask the panel to update you on their recruitment status at the tail end of your email once you have thanked them. Alternatively, let them know that you look forward to hearing from them once they decide. You can call later if you don’t hear from them after the decision-making timeline has passed and move on if your calls go unanswered. Always prepare for disappointments during your job search, as it saves you from frustrations.
6. Mention Any Recent Developments or Achievements and Congratulate the Organization
You should let the interviewer know that you are knowledgeable about the company in your email by mentioning something positive such as a recent milestone, reward or achievement in a congratulatory tone. Including such information reveals that you are interested in the company and have done your homework well.
Dear XYZ (Interviewer name)
Thank you for interviewing me for the Human Resource Specialist position. I have to mention that it was one of the best interviews I have had in my career. Every organization we had regarding the organization, especially the work culture, left me more convinced that I would be an excellent fit.
Kindly reach out if you need any additional clarifications. I look forward to hearing from you once you have made your decision.
Dear ABC (Interviewer name),
Thank you for interviewing me for the second time. I feel honored to have had the chance to meet more members of your organization. The conversations were great and got me more excited than ever to be part of the organization. I am confident that my team working and problem-solving skills will help me make valuable contributions to the organization.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any clarifications or additional information. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Dear DEF( Interviewer name)
Thank you for taking time off your busy schedule as the head of operations to meet with me during the second interview. It was a great experience to be in the same room with you, especially now that I know we are both alumni of Maseno School. I am even more excited about this role and believe my skills and experience will help me succeed.
Thanks again, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Kindly keep me updated once you make a final decision
Dear BCE( Interviewer’s name),
Thank you for being part of the amazing panel that interviewed me. I’m glad to have finally met you after years of watching you on television. I have to say that the conversations we had about the organization during the interview got me even more interested in the role. I’m ready to use all the experience and skills I have acquired to help this organization move forward, especially now that you’ve joined the list of the most successful startups in the country.
Kindly reach out if you need any additional questions. I’m confident that I’ll hear from you once you’ve made a decision.
Once again, thank you.
Thank you for being part of my second interview panel. I am happy we got to talk about the organization, especially the values, which I highly resonate with. I am excited about this opportunity and confident that my skills, experience, and abilities will help me succeed if I get this job.
Kindly reach out if you need additional information. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
A good email after your second interview can give you an edge over other candidates as long as you include the right information. We hope this article will help you win the hearts of the interviewers and help you bring your job search to an end.