After all the hard work and preparation leading up to a job interview, and making it through the actual experience, sending a thank-you note afterward can be easily overlooked. But, if you want to be a serious contender for a position, do not let this step slide.
It’s About Relationship Building
In one recent study, 75 percent of interviewers said receiving a thank-you note from candidates had affected their decision-making process. If the offer is in the bag, you still enhance your professional standing with a future employer by taking this step. And even if you’re not hired, it’s a great way to foster a relationship for the future.
What to Include in Your Thank-You Note
Sending a thank-you note doesn’t automatically increase your chances of landing a job, but dismissing this important post-interview etiquette might hurt your chances of getting an offer. Besides:
- Maybe you simply had a bad interview. It happens, usually due to nerves. But if this is the case – you feel your interview simply didn’t reflect you, your strengths or the unique contribution you could make if hired – a sincere note could keep you in the running.
Here are some ideas of what to include in your note:
- Customization: Write separate notes to each of your interviewers. Address them by name and title, and refer to specific items you discussed with each person. Tip: As soon as you get home from your interview, jot down notes regarding each person you met with and what points were covered.
- A sincere, specific expression of appreciation: You should have expressed your thanks in person at the end of your meeting, but reiterate it in your thank-you note, without gushing. Be concise, but sincere and thoughtful.
- A reminder of your something unique: Remind your interviewers of something specific that you spoke about during your interview, which they might not have discussed with other candidates. If possible, relate it to the skills and qualifications you offer that further set you apart.
- Something important that you forgot to mention: Maybe time ran out or you simply overlooked a skill or experience you really wanted to point out to your interviewer. After using the first paragraph of your note to express your thanks, you can write a brief second paragraph to touch upon it.
The professional career coaches at PrideStaff Fresno can help you craft a unique and impactful interview thank-you note – as well as fine-tune all the steps involved in your winning job search strategy. Let us partner with you to build your opportunities and make your dream job a reality. Contact us today to learn more.