Perhaps it should come as no surprise that in today’s candidate-driven market, hiring managers see less of the customary follow-up to an interview: a candidate’s thank you note.
Savvy professionals know every contact they make in the business world is crucial to success. They also realize that they are still actively involved in the hiring process after the interview. Hence, a well-crafted thank you note is yet another chance for you to point out why you ought to be considered for the open position.
Below are a few tips on how to write a thank you note that makes a significant impact.
Email your principal contact at the company within 24 hours of the interview. Sending a handwritten is a great added touch, but an initial email is essential. If written note may not get there days later, which can have less of an impact than a more immediate follow-up. If you do want to send a supplemental written note, you can begin it with, “Following up on the email I sent…”
Connect Your Note to The Interview
In a follow-up note, it’s essential to reiterate how your skills and experience are well-suited to what the business is trying to find in an applicant, as well as the ways you can address their various challenges.
You don’t have to go into your entire resume. Just a handful of sentences that refer back to your conversation during the interview can a positive impact on your candidacy.
Send Multiple Notes to Key Contacts
A thank you note for multiple people can dilute the impact of your note and keep you from connecting on an individual basis. If your interview involved several people, you ought to write a separate, personalized note for each person. Hiring personnel in the same will talk to each other, and notes that look like carbon copies of one another will not help differentiate you from other job seekers.
Proofreading is a Must
In addition to reiterating your credentials, a thank you note is a chance to display your communication abilities, or lack thereof. Bad grammar and misspelled words can sink your candidacy in a hurry. Make sure spelling is correct, especially the name of your interviewer(s) and the name of the business.
Send a Note Even if You’ve Changed Your Mind Regarding the Job
Sometimes, you may be in an application process and realize you no longer want the job for one of any number of reasons, like more responsibility than initially thought or underwhelming compensation. The employer might alter unattractive features of the job to make it more attractive; or have a position down the road that interests you. How you follow up can affect the way you are remembered moving forward. Consider your reputation inside the business and care more about the connection you made, and less so about the opportunity in front of you.
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