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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.

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