9 Top Tips to Crush Your Next Job Video Interview

Getting ready for a video interview for your dream job? 

Video interviews have become increasingly commonplace in the hiring process. In fact, video technology is being used by at least 60% of hiring managers and recruiters. 

While it may be a different format from a traditional face-to-face meeting, it pays to be just as prepared for a video interview (hint: sweatpants not recommended)!

Check out our 9 top video interview tips to help you successfully complete your next video interview, as well as bonus tips for a one-way (recorded) interview! 

 

1. Find a professional video interview background

 

Locate a quiet, professional-looking space to complete your interview. The background should be uncluttered and distraction-free. Consider a neutral-colored wall or clean home office space. 

Can’t find a professional background? If you’re completing your call via Zoom, the platform offers the virtual background option. Update your Zoom settings to use the feature. Zoom offers a selection of virtual backgrounds, but you can also upload your own pics such as of a nice office or conference room (consider downloading from Pexels or Unsplash).

 

video interview background

Photo by Matt Hoffman on Unsplash

 

The Blur tool is another helpful feature that Zoom recently rolled out. Have a messy office space? This feature allows you to blur your real-life background which creates a perfect, distraction-free image. Learn how to use the feature here

 

2. Pay attention to lighting for the video interview

 

Often overlooked, the proper lighting is essential for a video interview to help interviewers clearly see you. Ensure that you have a light source in front of you, rather than behind (this creates shadows across your face). 

Natural lighting coming in from a window is ideal. However, placing lamps in front of you can also work, as long as the light isn’t glaring. Avoid overhead lighting

Test the lighting before the interview. Consider purchasing a ring light, as this creates even lighting across the face. 

 

3. Remove any distractions before the interview 

 

Distractions during a video call can’t be helped sometimes, especially as more and more people work from home. But try to reduce the possibilities of distractions as much as possible. Common distractions include

  • The sound of pets barking or meowing.
  • Your phone or doorbell rings. 
  • Someone starts talking.
  • Kids walking in front of the screen like this classic example

Ensure that your pets or kids are in a different room or have a friend or family member look after them. Let any occupants in your living or workspace know what time you’ll be interviewing. 

Turn your phone and other electronic devices off or on silent. As a final precaution, place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your front and office door. 

Hint: If someone does interrupt your interview and creates a scene, apologize to the interviewer and ask for a moment. Quickly take care of the situation and ensure the room is quiet again before resuming.

 

4. Practice your video interview introduction

 

An online video interview introduction is different from an in-person interview as you can’t, for example, shake hands with the interviewer.

But a strong interview introduction is essential to make a good first impression. To stand out, practice looking directly at the camera to simulate eye contact. This helps create a connection.

Also, take your cue from the interviewer. Let them lead the process to avoid speaking over or interrupting the interviewer. If they indicate they want you to provide a formal introduction, greet them. “Hello! My name is ——. Nice to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to interview me. How are you today?”

Next, be prepared with a personal summary if an interviewer throws the “Can you tell us about yourself?” question your way. Briefly highlight job history and skills and experience that relate to the position (hint: hard numbers are very persuasive in an intro such as “I closed 75% of my deals from 2018-2020”). 

Be able to succinctly summarize what it is you do, why you’re good at it, and how the results have helped former companies. It helps to write this info down.

The first few minutes in your interview are critical so make sure you have a strong opening.

 

5. Prepare for common video interview questions

 

No two interviews are alike, BUT there are certain standard interview questions. Develop your responses to these questions before the interview so you’re not fumbling. Here are 15 of the most common interview questions:

  • How did you find out about the position?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • Have you used our product/service?
  • How would you improve our product/service?
  • What’s your greatest strength?
  • What’s your greatest weakness?
  • What salary range are you looking for?
  • What would you do in the first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job?
  • What professional achievement are you most proud of?
  • What would former co-workers say about working with you?
  • Where do you see your career in three to five years?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

You’ll also likely get asked a few behavioral-based questions, such as “Tell me about a time when you (fill in the blank).” 

Print out your resume and have a list of talking points related to these questions. Pull in specific examples, as well as quantifiable evidence that proves your success if you can. And have a list of your own questions to ask the interviewer. Here are our top picks

Also, be thorough with your research on the company. Read the company blog and news articles. Check out their culture on sites like Glassdoor. Look at the interviewer on LinkedIn. This helps you perfectly understand what the company is looking for.

Finally, practice what you’re going to say in the interview. Practice helps you feel less nervous and also creates a smooth presentation. Ask a friend or family member to create a “mock interview” and provide feedback on your responses. Record this interview so you can go back and see what areas you need to work on.

Related: Four of the Worst Interview Answers – And What to Say Instead

 

6. Troubleshoot your video conferencing technology in advance

 

Waiting until the last minute to test your video camera and sound can actually make you more nervous. You also risk running into technical issues. 

Experiment with your equipment at least 30-minutes to an hour before the interview to ensure that everything works properly.

On your laptop or tablet (hint: avoid using a smartphone if you can), click the video link that the interviewer sent you. If it’s a link that requires the host to sign in first, use your own Zoom or Skype account to test the microphone and picture quality. Complete a quick test trial with a friend or family member (use a link other than the interview one).

Ensure that the laptop or tablet is stationary and that your upper half is in the middle of the camera’s frame. Set the camera at eye level. If you need to, use a stack of books to prop up your device. 

To create good audio, use a pair of headphones. Also, make sure that your laptop or tablet is fully charged and that you have a strong WiFi connection. 

 

7. Dress professionally

 

Wondering what to wear for your video interview? Formal interview attire isn’t as rigid as it used to be, but you still want to make a good impression with how you look on camera.

As such, dress from head-to-toe in professional attire such as a nice blazer or collared shirt and dress pants. Put on a pair of nice shoes. Avoid wearing sweatpants. Even if the interviewer can’t see your lower half, you actually increase your confidence by being fully dressed!

 

what to wear for video interview

 

Also, don’t wear flashy colors or stripes. Test how your outfit looks on camera and send pics to family members or friends. Dangling jewelry should also be avoided as it can distract the interviewer. 

Hint: As a confidence booster, put on your favorite perfume or cologne before the interview. 

 

8. Be conscious of your eye contact, body language, and voice projection

 

A video call can often feel impersonal as it lacks the connection and energy that comes with in-person meetings. That’s why you have to fully demonstrate positive body language and verbal enthusiasm via the camera. Here’s how to be mindful of how you look and sound to the interviewer.

First, show up early to the interview (e.g. 5 minutes). Sit up straight in your seat and don’t slouch. Maintain eye contact by looking at your computer or tablet’s webcam. Engage the interviewer by smiling and using your voice to sound energetic. 

Physically nod at the interviewer’s questions. Use your hands if appropriate. Don’t get distracted by looking down at your phone or out the window. Be 100% present and show that you are interested in the interview and position. 

Another tip to build trust? Mirror the interviewer. This means that you reflect their tone of voice, their word choice, and body language. More on mirroring here

Hint: Still nervous? Place a glass of water on your table or desk. If you’re unsure about an answer to a question, pause, take a quick sip of water, reflect, and then respond. 

 

9. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time

 

At the end of the interview, express your appreciation for the opportunity. Also, send a thank you email within 24 hours of your meeting. 

According to research, 57% of job candidates don’t send thank-you notes after an interview. This is despite the fact that 85% of hiring managers, executives and HR professionals say that a candidate’s follow-up after an interview makes a positive difference.

 

video interview tips

 

Stand out from the crowd by taking the time to send a personal thank you note. Here are a few tips to nail the interview follow-up:

  • Write a clear subject line such as “Following-up after our interview”
  • Personalize the email based on your conversation.
  • Carefully edit your message before sending and run through a grammar check.
  • Adapt the email if you’re sending to multiple interviewers.

Learn more about how to write a stellar thank you email here

 

One-way video interview? Check out these recorded video interview tips.

 

Some interviewers require that you complete and submit a pre-recorded or one-way interview before moving to the next round of interviews.

These interviews aren’t live. Instead, they are completed asynchronously. Job candidates record themselves answering a set of questions. The hiring manager can then review these answers later. 

You can use many of the same tips as above to successfully complete a recorded video interview. Limit distractions and turn your phone on silent. Dress professionally. Make eye contact with the camera. Project confidence with your body language. 

Here are a few additional ways to prep for a one-way interview:

  • Follow the hiring manager’s video instructions carefully.
  • Meet the set video deadline that the hiring manager provided. 
  • Prepare responses for questions just as you would a regular interview.
  • Practice and record your answers to review and see what you can improve.
  • Pay attention to the time limit so you don’t rush at the end of a response.

Though it might feel unnatural at first, treat a one-way video interview like a conversation and pretend that you’re live. 

 

Follow these video interview tips to ace your interview

 

Completing a video interview can be just as nerve-wracking as a face-to-face meeting. But by carefully creating an optimal interview space and preparing beforehand, you can stand out as a quality candidate to the potential employer!

It also pays to get extra help with your interview prep. ResumeSpice offers in-depth interview preparation services that help you take your interviewing skills to the next level. These services include a 30-minute phone, Zoom, Skype, or in-person consultation with one of our interview experts. Please contact us today to learn more!

 

10 Top Free Career Aptitude Tests

Are you considering a career change? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered which career best suits your strengths and personal motivators? Or maybe you’re just starting your career and you’re unsure about which line of work to pursue.

That’s where a career aptitude test can help and, fortunately, there are a number of free options that can provide valuable information to those seeking career clarity.

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What is a Career Aptitude Test?

A career aptitude test (or career assessment) is a tool that asks specific questions about your personality traits and provides clarity (and often, recommendations) for your career path, based on your answers. 

The power of a good career assessment test is that they provide an objective look at the types of work that could be a strong match for your unique skills, values, and interests.

We’ve curated a list of 11 top free career aptitude tests to help you determine the right career path for you. 

 

1. My Next Move: O*Net Interest Profiler

This free 60-question career assessment seeks to determine your ideal career by asking questions related to your likes and dislikes. It’s administered by the United States Department of Labor. 

 

My Next Move: O*Net Interest Profiler

 

The assessment provides a list of task options such as “Buy and sell stocks and bonds” or “Develop a new medicine.” Select among five preferences for each option: “Strongly Dislike,” “Dislike,” “Unsure,” “Like,” and “Strongly Like.” You’ll be provided with career options at the end of the test.

 

2. Truity: The Big Five Personality Test

Truity’s scientific personality test seeks to accurately measure your key personality traits. Here’s how it works: you receive a list of statements such as “I am always prepared” or “I get chores done right away.”

 

Truity: The Big Five Personality Test

 

You then rate each statement according to how well it describes you. You’ll receive a score for the five top personality factors: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. The test includes 60 questions and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.

 

3. Career Explorer: Career Test

Career Explorer uses advanced machine learning, psychometrics, and career satisfaction data to design the assessment. The basic test is free while the premium report costs $35.

 

Career Explorer: Career Test

 

The career test provides a series of questions that reflect upon your past experiences and future goals. Suggested careers are then based on your interests, goals, history, workplace preferences, and personality. 

 

4. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is known as being one of the most accurate career aptitude tests. While Myers-Briggs offers a paid $50 version of the test, this is a free version known as the Jung Typology Test. 

The personality assessment presents a series of 64 statements such as “You like to be engaged in an active and fast-paced job” and “It is difficult to get you excited.”

 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

 

Choose whether or not you agree with each statement. Your answers are analyzed and the test provides careers and occupations that are most suitable for your personality type.

 

5. Rasmussen University Career Aptitude Test

The Rasmussen University Career Aptitude Test analyzes your skills and interests to offer career recommendations.

 

Rasmussen career aptitude test

 

Instead of working off a question basis, the test allows you to adjust sliders for seven categories (e.g. Artistic) so they represent your personal skills (from high to low). A list of career suggestions based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is then provided.

 

6. Careerfitter Free Online Career Test

Receive a free career report when you complete the Careerfitter Online Career Test. This 60 question test takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

It analyzes four dimensions that contribute to the foundation of your personality including Energy, Perception, Decision Style, and Planning Style.

 

Careerfitter Free Online Career Test

 

The free career report includes information such as how much money you can earn in careers that match your personality, career fields you should consider, and the number of specific careers that fit you.

 

7. Princeton Review Career Quiz

The Princeton review career quiz consists of 24 questions that each contains two different scenarios. You choose the scenario that best fits you. 

 

Princeton Review Career Quiz

 

For example, two scenarios might include “I would rather be an auditor” and “I would rather be a musician.” Once you’ve made your selection for all 24 questions, you’ll receive “interest results” and “recommended careers.”

 

8. MyPlan Career Assessment Test

According to MyPlan, this values-based career assessment test can help you learn more about your underlying work needs and motivations to help you decide what is important to you in a job.

 

MyPlan Career Assessment Test

 

The assessment consists of 20 cards or statements and takes about 12 minutes to complete. Within this test, you group cards that relate to different aspects of work and identify how important each statement is to you. 

The point is to find a career that relates to your work values as this highly correlates with job satisfaction. 

 

9. MAPP Test

The MAPP test is a bit more intense than some of the other career aptitude tests on this list, but the results are comprehensive. With this assessment, you’ll be presented with 71 different triads that include three statements a piece. 

 

MAPP Test

 

For each statement, you choose if it represents you the most or least. It normally takes about 20 minutes to complete. While the test is free to take, there is a fee to review your full results. However, if you choose to pay the fee, the results are very reliable. 

 

10. 123 Career Test

This career aptitude test takes 5-10 minutes to complete. It’s a visual style assessment that provides fifteen sets of four pictures that show specific work activities. 

 

123 Career Test

 

If you like a specific activity, click the green arrow. If you don’t, click the red “x.” You can choose one activity that you like the most and one activity that you like the least. This test helps you discover what kind of work environments and occupations are best for you. 

 

Discover career possibilities with a free career aptitude test

A career aptitude test isn’t perfect and shouldn’t be the only data point when deciding which career to pursue. Your own vision for your life plays the most important role. But a career aptitude test can offer clarity and ideas for career directions that you might not have considered before. 

If you’re looking to make a career change, ResumeSpice is here to help. We offer premium career coaching, resume writing, and cover letter services, LinkedIn profile writing, and more. Please contact us today to learn about our services! 

LinkedIn Background Photos for 21 Different Industries

LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented networking website – and with over 500 million members – it’s more important than ever to stand out. 

The content of your LinkedIn profile is key – from your intro bio, to your experience, education, skills, recommendations, and accomplishments – every section is important. But one commonly overlooked area is your LinkedIn background.

Also known as the background banner image, the LinkedIn background photo gives you the opportunity to visually support your overall profile and creatively communicate who you are as a professional. 

Below are LinkedIn background photos that are perfect for 21 different industries. We’ve also included steps for changing your LinkedIn background and the ideal LinkedIn background photo size (and where to find the best LinkedIn photos). 

Keep reading to learn more!

  1. Administrative
  2. Business Management
  3. Finance
  4. HR & Recruitment
  5. Technology
  6. Marketing, Art & Design
  7. Healthcare & Wellness
  8. Real Estate
  9. Sports & Entertainment
  10. Legal
  11. Retail
  12. Media & Journalism
  13. Tourism & Hospitality
  14. Construction
  15. Childcare
  16. Education
  17. Transportation
  18. Food & Beverage
  19. Non-Profit
  20. Government 
  21. Beauty

Where to find best LinkedIn photos

The ideal LinkedIn background photo size

How to change LinkedIn background

 

1. Administrative

 

Whether you’re a program administrator, executive assistant, medical secretary, etc., use your LinkedIn background photo to reflect your organization skills and attention to detail.

 

best linkedin photos

 

A neat, orderly workspace with greenery in the background stands out nicely. 

 

good linkedin background

 

linkedin background photo

 

You can also select a photo that highlights tools of your trade such as a calendar. 

 

2. Business Management

 

It truly depends on the business management role you’re in (e.g. account manager), but a good rule of thumb is to choose a background photo that is professional and reflects your strong managerial abilities. 

An office space, conference room, or team workspace are all potential options. 

 

 

You can also go minimalist with a geometric picture that suggests connectivity or big picture thinking.

 

 

3. Finance

 

If you’re in the finance industry, consider a background image that includes financial or accounting tools such as a calculator or computer. 

 

 

 

Into the fintech startup scene? Select a photo with cool financial graphics for a modern look.

 

 

4. HR & Recruitment

 

For HR and recruitment roles, demonstrate your focus on finding perfect job candidates with images that highlight one individual. 

 

 

 

To show that you are committed to strong company culture and smooth onboarding experiences, upload a background photo that suggests inclusivity

 

 

5. Technology

 

Whether you spend your day coding or analyzing data, incorporate technological elements such as HTML code or a circuit board into your technology LinkedIn background photo. 

 

technology linkedin background 

 

6. Marketing, Art, & Design

 

Any career in marketing, art, and design provides an opportunity for a creative background image.

 

 

 

Bold colors, unique graphics, and artistic elements are all viable options within your photo and demonstrate your creativity and problem-solving abilities.

 

 

7. Healthcare & Wellness

 

Careers related to the medical field, fitness, coaching, nutrition, etc. are all hot topics right now. 

Choose a background photo that uniquely reflects your position in the industry such as images of healthy food or pics of the tools you use (e.g.stethoscope).

 

 

 

Consider incorporating variations of light blue as this color is associated with health and healing. 

 

8. Real Estate

 

Are you involved with personal or commercial properties or maybe even the real estate tech world? 

 

 

 

Include architectural elements in your background photo, as well as warm, inviting colors that suggest a hospitable personality. 

 

9. Sports & Entertainment

 

Sports agent, athlete, actor. If you seek a career that’s more in the public eye, your LinkedIn background is crucial. 

 

A picture of cameras or a microphone can go a long way and suggest that you’re comfortable in the spotlight. 

 

10. Legal

 

A career as an attorney, paralegal, court reporter, etc. gives you a few routes to take with your background photo. 

 

 

 

Courthouse and gavel pictures are one option, but so are less obvious images that demonstrate strong communication and listening skills. Also, incorporate the color blue within images as this color symbolizes trust.  

 

11. Retail

 

Retail careers are typically customer-facing roles. Consider LinkedIn background photos that reflect happy customers. 

 

 

You could also choose a photo that represents a storefront.

 

 

12. Media & Journalism

 

Careers in media and journalism require excellent writing and communication skills. 

 

 

Reflect these skills with photos of a typewriter, computer or even a camera or microphone if you’re a news anchor. 

 

 

13. Tourism & Hospitality

 

For roles within tourism and hospitality, consider photos that reflect new destinations or relaxing atmospheres. 

 

 

 

Include warm, inviting images with appropriate colors. Tones of yellow, for example, are associated with attentiveness, optimism, and happiness and can help your background image stand out. 

 

14. Construction

 

If you work in the construction or the maintenance industry, images with tools of the trades are a great option, as well as photos of worksites and architectural plans.

 

 

 

 

15. Childcare

 

Working with kids requires a photo that reflects responsibility, a caring nature, and fun atmosphere. Brightly colored toys and organized play spaces are two excellent photo options. 

 

 

 

16. Education

 

Eye-catching education background photos can include your own classroom, books on a shelf, and even your desk. 

 

 

 

If you work in an online education setting, incorporate pics of remote learning such as a video screen. 

 

 

17. Transportation

 

Transportation and logistics can mean many different career paths, but movement is a key element. Photos of vehicles, the highway, or even moving objects are all potential options.

 

 

 

 

The color green also represents safety. Consider incorporating shades of green in your background photo to convey, for example, that you are a safe driver. 

 

 

18. Food & Beverage

 

The foodservice industry offers a wide range of photos to choose from. Cups of coffee, delicious meals, and clean eating areas make excellent images if you work with food and beverages.

 

 

 

 

19. Nonprofit

 

The right LinkedIn background photo truly depends on your specific nonprofit, but here are a few ideas. 

If you’re passionate about sustainable energy, incorporate images of recycled materials, plants, and greenery. If you work with animals, include pics of cute pets or related pet items. 

 

 

 

For a catch-all photo, include abstract images demonstrating progress being made such as through the photo of a staircase. 

 

 

20. Government

 

Government careers offer another opportunity to select minimalistic images such as of government buildings, green walkways, and spiral staircases. 

 

 

 

 

21. Beauty

 

Perfectly represent the beauty and cosmetology industry with bright, warm images of flowers, makeup, and greenery. Backdrops of marble and white wood also suggest luxurious treatment. 

 

 

 

 

Where to find the best LinkedIn photos

Many sites offer free stock photos that are license-free. Simply visit these sites and type in keywords in the search bar such as “desk,” “calculator,” and “construction.”

Here are a few of our favorite stock image sites that offer high-quality images:

Another option – take quality, well-lit shots with your iPhone and capture your own pictures for your background image. Your background image will then be completely original.

 

The ideal LinkedIn background photo size

LinkedIn recommends that your background photo size should be 1584 x 396 pixels.

 

linkedin background photo size

 

LinkedIn accepts different file types including PNG, JPEG, and GIF. 

 

How to change LinkedIn background

 

Step 1: Go to your LinkedIn profile 

Click the camera icon.

 

how to change linkedin background

 

 

Step 2: Upload a photo

Upload a photo from your computer. 

 

linkedin photo

 

You can also now choose among LinkedIn’s pre-set custom images. 

 

Step 3: Adjust your photo and save 

LinkedIn gives the option to edit your background photo directly within the platform. Easily crop, zoom, and straighten your photo.

 

background photo

 

LinkedIn also offers filters for extra editing

Once you’re satisfied with your photo, click “Apply.”

 

 

 

Your LinkedIn background photo is now ready for others to see. 

Related: How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

 

Stand out with your LinkedIn background photo

According to studies, people can recall 65% of visual content they see vs 10% of written content around three days later. Plus, LinkedIn statistics show that if you include a photo on your LinkedIn profile, you’ll receive 21x more profile views.

The takeaway? It’s worth taking the time to add a LinkedIn background photo to your LinkedIn profile. It helps you make the best possible impression on recruiters and hiring managers!

Want to level up your LinkedIn profile even more? Reach out to ResumeSpice where we work with you to create a strong, personalized LinkedIn profile. We also offer resume writing services, cover letter writing, interview prep, and more! Contact us today to learn about our services. We’d love to speak with you.

 

How to Find Remote Job Opportunities

After almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear the virus has upended the way we work. Safety measures like quarantines and lockdowns have prompted more employees to work from home than ever before; one study found that the number of employees working remotely has doubled since mid-March 2020. Employer surveys indicate this trend will likely continue even after restrictions are lifted.

Companies and professionals have adapted to remote work arrangements in creative ways—but how do you land that perfect remote job in the first place? Here are 6 tips to help with your remote job search:

 

Focus on an industry already well-suited to remote work.

You might kickstart your job search by targeting an industry with a high built-in potential for offering remote work. These include Information Technology; Software Development; Customer Support & Client Services; Scientific & Technical Services; Communications & Marketing; Design; Finance, Insurance, & Accounting; Research & Data analysis; Online Education & Counseling; and Administrative Support.

 

Take advantage of job boards, especially those specifically for remote work.

WeWorkRemotely, FlexJobs, and Remote.Co are valuable hubs of remote job opportunities that also offer supportive online communities for remote workers to share information and advice. Major job boards like Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn are also great places to peruse remote positions; just set your location preference to “remote” in the search field.

 

Market your most remote-friendly professional experience.

When updating your resume, highlight the job skills that would help you succeed in a remote position. These include working with computers; familiarity with software; analyzing information; identifying process improvements; taking initiative to problem solve; performing administrative activities; training, teaching, or coaching others; establishing relationships; monitoring processes; and marketing products or services. 

 

Consider how you’ll show productivity and accountability.

While some companies have developed methods to ensure their employees are productive even while at home, there may not always be clear benchmarks for remote employees to show they’re staying on task. Your cover letter is an ideal place to promote the “soft skills” and personality traits that will make you an accountable remote worker. These may include being self-directed and organized, possessing excellent time management and communication skills, or the ability to learn new things quickly and independently. 

 

Start preparing for remote work now.

Think about what would position you for remote work success. This may include steps like investing in upgraded computer accessories or a better desk setup, or re-structuring your daily routines to accommodate working from home. LinkedIn Learning offers courses in preparing for remote learning that focus on key concepts like managing virtual teams, leading conference calls, and improving productivity. Listing professional development courses on a resume is a great way to show proactivity— an essential trait for a remote employee!

 

Let us help!

Preparing for any job search isn’t easy, but the good news is that you don’t have to go about it alone. If you need help with interview preparation, career coaching, or marketing yourself to employers by creating a great resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile, contact the career consultants at Resume Spice today. 

3 Interview Thank You Email Templates You Can Customize

You just successfully completed a job interview. Good work!

The next step is to send a polished thank you email to your interviewer and further demonstrate your enthusiasm (and competency!) for the position.

It’s tempting to simply copy/paste an email template that you find online. However, to truly come across as a unique candidate, personalization is key. 

Interviewers can sense a cookie-cutter message a mile away and a copied email suggests laziness on your part. We’re going to provide templates here, but we highly recommend that you customize them to your interview / interviewer.

Below are three customizable interview follow-up email templates.

 

Template #1: Informal Thank You Email

This thank you email is appropriate for an entry-level to mid-level position interview or a more informal email (such as with a startup). 

Subject Line: Thank you for your time, <Interviewer Name>!

Dear <Interviewer Name>:

Thank you for meeting with me on <Day>. I enjoyed learning more about the <Position Name> and <Company Name>. 

What I found particularly interesting was <something unique about the position.> I believe that my skill set in <x,y,z> would lend itself well to this responsibility. 

At <Previous Company Name>, I approached a similar task and I took <x,y,z steps> to achieve <provide quantifiable results>.

On a personal note, I enjoyed discussing <sports team, home town, or your shared love of dogs>. <Add a personal note about it>

If you need additional information about my experience or skill set, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you by <follow up date discussed in the interview>.

Thank you again!

Best regards,

<Your Name>

 

Template #2: Formal Thank You Email

This thank you email has a formal tone which makes it more appropriate to send after an interview for a corporate position (e.g. director or C-Suite level). 

Subject Line: Follow-up regarding <Position Name> 

Dear Mr./Mrs. <Interviewer’s Last Name>, 

I want to formally thank you for meeting with me on <Day> regarding <Position Name>. I enjoyed discussing <specifics from your conversation> and learning about <Company Name>.

Your vision for <x,y,z> and insights about <topic discussed> were compelling and aligned with my personal and professional values. I believe that my experience and skillset with <specific business activity> are a perfect fit for <Company Name>.

Regarding the challenges you mentioned with the position, I approached similar challenges with positive results at <Previous Company Name>. I took <x,y,z steps> to achieve <provide quantifiable results>.

I was also interested to learn about <specific project within the position>. Please find attached a document with preliminary ideas and their projected impact on the company. In summary, this document includes:

  • Detail 1
  • Detail 2
  • Detail 3

If you need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to our follow-up conversation on <date discussed>.

Thank you again for your time. 

Best regards,

<Your Name>

 

Template #3: Second Interview Thank You Email

Not sure what to say after a 2nd interview? Here’s a template that can be adapted after an additional conversation with a company. 

Subject Line: Thank you again for your time!

Dear <Interviewer Name>:

Thank you again for your time! I enjoyed our 2nd interview and learning about specific projects for <Position Name>.

As discussed, the position’s responsibilities align closely with my previous experience and skill set of <x,y,z>.

I am confident that I can achieve the results that <Company Name> desires. I’ve attached a <document that includes ideas that relate to your conversation> for your review. In summary, this document includes:

  • Detail 1
  • Detail 2
  • Detail 3

Please let me know if you need additional information. I look forward to hearing from you by <follow-up date discussed in the interview). 

Best regards,

<Your Name>

 

Customize these interview thank you email templates

As mentioned previously, we don’t recommend copying/pasting an email template for your thank you email. 

It’s important that the email is unique to you. You also want to avoid the interviewer receiving the same thank you email from 15 other candidates.

Use one of these templates as the starting point for writing the perfect interview thank you email!

Check out our article about writing effective interview thank you emails for more great tips. For additional interview guidance and career coaching, you can also check out our top-rated services here at ResumeSpice. Contact us today!