After the Interview, Send a Thank-You Note

Picture the scenario; you’ve just finished an interview for a job or internship position. Whether you feel like you aced it or completely bombed, your interview isn’t over until you write and send a thank-you note to every person who interviewed you.


The thank-you note is your chance to make a positive final impression to get that job offer. Many employers say they would think less of the candidate who didn’t send a thank-you note.

 


If your interviewers are deciding between two equally qualified finalists, and one sent a thank you note and the other didn’t… well, you get the point.

So what are the important things to consider with a thank you note?

Either email or snail mail is fine. If you’re going to ‘snail mail’ a note, I suggest you send a short thank you email first and let the interviewer know that you mailed them a note as well. Since people tend to get a ton of emails daily, I like the idea of a handwritten note; it will set you apart from the other candidates.

Summarize the main points. In addition to thanking the interviewer for his/her time, think about how your addition to the team would be an asset. Demonstrate that you understand what is needed to get the job done, and how you could make an immediate contribution. You may also follow-up on a connection you mentioned or a thought that you didn’t complete in the interview. Be brief, succinct and genuine.

Details matter. Proofread the note and make sure it is error-free, and make sure you send within 24 hours of the interview.

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