Writing a Great Interview Thank-You Note

Writing a Great Interview Thank-You Note

So the interviews done and now it’s all up to fate. Or is it? You might not have considered it before, and very few do, but you really ought to send a thank-you note post-interview. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and will make you stand out against your competition. It’s also just polite, and people like that. Remember to personalize your letter a bit, keep it brief, highlight your strengths, proofread it, and be genuine.

 

Don’t delay

 

It’s critical that you send out your thank-you letter within 24 hours, preferably before the end of the day. Time is of the essence and you don’t want your letter to arrive after the decision has already been made. An email is the best way to ensure you get your note to the interviewer in time.

 

Get personal

 

You can use the same basic form (there’s no need to write an original each time) and still give it a personal touch. Bring up something from the interview, perhaps a shared skill or acquaintance. Mention how you can benefit the team, perhaps reference how you have had similar experience to a challenge the company is facing.

 

Short and sweet

 

Think of this letter as your opportunity to make a good impression (less than 4% of applicants send a thank you letter) and stand out, while also addressing anything you forgot to mention in the interview. Just remember to be brief; demonstrate that you respect their time.

 

Authenticity

 

“It’s important that you come across as genuine. A formulaic, insincere note might turn the interviewer off and do more harm than good. Think of some specific things you actually like about the company and the job and let your interviewer know,” advises Wendy Friesen, HR at EliteAssignmentHelp. Write it in your own words and be honest.

 

Highlight your strengths and enthusiasm

 

Reiterate your strengths and why you think you are a good fit for the position. Since very few applicants bother with the thank you letter, think of this as a way to leave your positive attributes fresh in their mind, while the other applicants fade. Take the advantage. Tell them what you like about the company and why you are excited to work there.

 

Writing your letter

 

Maybe you struggle with writing; or maybe you’re a solid writer and just need to polish your letter a bit. The worst thing you could do is send in a thank-you letter with a typo. Ouch. You can easily avoid that scenario by using some online tools. For example, ViaWriting and Grammarix are free good sources that will help you get your grammar right. BigAssignments and Assignment Help can be used as proofreading tools, recommended by the Huffington Post. Free useful writing guides are based on State of Writing and My Writing Way. UKWritings and Oxessays are good content agencies, that can help polish your note. If you need to speak to fellows job seekers, StudyDemic and AcademAdvisor are writing communities you will find helpful.

 

Example

 

Greg,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to speak with me about your I.T. opening. I learned a lot about the company through hearing about your experience.

I think I would be a great fit for the position, based on what I’ve heard about the company’s independent working culture. My experience with (Current Employer) and (Previous Employer) have prepared me to the point where I feel like I would adapt quickly and thrive at (Company). Based on what you’ve told me, I know I would be able to solve your recent issues with online security.

Thanks again for your time.

Phil

 

Stand out

 

It’s a competitive job market out there and you want every advantage you can get. Sending a thank-you letter is a quick way to make a good impression and stand out to your interviewer. Make sure you get it sent as soon as possible. Personalize your thank you letter. Keep it short and to the point. Remind them of your strengths and why you want to work for the company. Be sincere in your letter and make sure they know how enthusiastic you are about working for them. Make sure you proofread and check your grammar; just use the resources above. Follow these basic steps to write a great interview thank-you note.

 

Grace Carter

Grace Carter is a business coach and online writer from Jacksonville, FL. She helps online businesses with story creation and brand building.