Last week, I spoke about the college graduates stepping into the job market and that the competition for a position might be tougher than one anticipates. So sending a post-interview thank-you note make the difference between landing the job and being completely overlooked. Yet, over half of job seekers never send one. While unlikely to make an employer totally reverse an opinion about you, when done well, thank-you notes can help you stand out from a crowd of applicants.
For example, if your letter is too generic, too short, or if it sounds like a template or scripted message, you probably won't win any points. I always talk about doing your homework for the interview. Now I want you to do homework for your 'thank-you' note.
Be Prepared for Thank You Note Success.
This might sound like more homework, but it will alleviate additional stress and help you take care of business right away. Have your note card, envelop and stamp before you step in the door for your interview. Buy an attractive blank note card. No humor, nothing fancy or with writing on the inside. This needs to reflect you, so keep the card simple.
The Best Thank You Notes are Short, Sincere, and Specific to your interview.
Think about the person, or people, who interviewed you. Ask yourself:
OK, got it? Now you’re ready to write.
What to Write
No matter job you're applying for or what content you choose to include in your thank-you note, keep it succinct and polite and put it in the mail within the first 24 hours.
What About an Email Thank You?
There’s nothing wrong with saying 'thank you' twice. So if you’d like to send an email while your meeting is still fresh in your interviewer’s mind, do the thinking that’s described above first. Do not write the exact same message in the email. Write 1 or 2 brief, positive comments and click 'send' within the first 24 hours as well.
Saying “thank you” is not only the right thing to do, it is also an effective job search strategy.
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