Two little words. Two big words. Put together they convey a powerful message. Think about how you feel when you hear those words. Pretty good, yes? I know that I always feel delighted when someone thanks me for helping them or for giving advice; it brings a smile to my face. Know what? We are not the only ones who like to feel appreciated, employers like being appreciated too!
Want to leave a lasting impression after your interview? Then take the time to send you a thank you letter or thank you email. Such a simple thing to do, yet the majority of people fail to do this. It doesn’t take much time to send a quick thank you letter. Not only will it show that you have good social skills and are polite, it will reinforce your interest in the job and remind the interviewer of why you’d be the best person to employ.
The letter should state your continued interest in the job, highlight the key skills that make you equipped to do the work and that you look forward to hearing from them again. The letter also gives you the opportunity to bring up anything of importance that your interviewer or interviewers neglected to ask or that you neglected to answer as well as you would have liked. Make sure you include everyone who interviewed you in your letter and send the letter off as soon as possible – preferably within 24 hours after your interview.
Don’t forget to proof read the letter carefully before you send it – the last thing you want to do is to leave the wrong lasting impression! Check for spelling, grammar, typos and sentence structure. If you are not sure about the correct spelling of the people’s names, call the office to double-check.
There are lots of sample thank you letters online that you can review – just google ‘thank you letters’ for a wide selection.
Sometimes it’s a simple thing that makes you stand out from the crowd. Make sure you send out a thank letter after each interview. Good luck!