Thank You Notes The Forgotten Technique
You just got out of an interview. Everything went great, and you really feel good
about your chances. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the interview is over
because there's still an important step that is all too often forgotten. You should
always send the interviewer a thank you note.
It's a simple little thing, but it clearly shows that you take an active role in your career
development. What's more, it instantly puts you ahead of all the other applicants
who didn't follow through on their interviews, while reinforcing the things that make
you perfect for the job.
Even though it's a note, you should still demonstrate that you're a professional by
following the appropriate format for a business letter with the date at the top (you
should be writing this on the date you had the interview). Skip a line and put the
person's name followed by the company address. Skip a line again and put in the
salutation, then skip a line and begin the body of the note. It's nice if you can write it
on the same stationary on which your resume has been printed.
The note itself should be very short. Begin by thanking them for the interview. They
may be filling several positions, so when thanking them, make sure you mention the
job for which you interviewed. Then, based on what they said during the interview,
reinforce a few of the qualities that make you the right choice for the job. For
instance: I was very excited to hear you were looking for somebody who knew MS
Word because my experience at XYZ company makes me perfect for you.
Close the letter by once again thanking them for the interview and asking them for
the job. For instance: Once again, thank you for taking the time to meet with me. I'm
very impressed with ABC Company and would like to get started as soon as
possible. I look forward to your call.
Just like a clean professional appearance, a bright smile and a good personality, the
thank you note is an important part of the interview process that will get you results.
Make sure you always take advantage of this powerful technique.