Whatever kind of job you are seeking, sending a polite and well-written thank you note after your interview will ensure that you stand out from the other candidates you’re up against. You don’t want to fall short of other candidates who send follow-up notes and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to say the right thing and earn the extra points that can land you the job! Here are some ways to write a truly unique and effective thank you note.
Send a handwritten card.
Hand-written thank you notes are so much more personal than emails or typed letters. Purchase some formal and professional looking thank you notes from your favorite stationary shop and jot your note down by hand. It shows that you put the extra time and effort into sending your appreciation, which shows that you are very interested in the position and also a very considerate person.
The only times when you might want to consider typing a note are if you have illegible handwriting, or if you had a phone interview and are unsure of the employers address. Also, don’t pick out stationary that is cutesy or funny – keep it professional.
Make the note personal.
You don’t want your note to sound like a generic form letter. It can be professional and still include a few personal details, or things that came up during the interview. Mention that you liked hearing your interviewer discuss certain aspects of the job, or that you hope they have a good roadtrip in their antique Mustang this weekend.
It’s always good to add a human touch to your thank you note to make it more memorable. Just don’t overstep any boundaries by getting too personal. You want to maintain a level of professionalism at all times.
The thank you note should serve the dual purpose of showing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time while also reinforcing why you are the right person for the job. Feel free to say something like “I am positive that my experience can make a remarkable impact on your company’s success,” or something to that effect. If you don’t believe that you are the right person for the job, they won’t have any reason to either!
The thank you note is a great chance to reiterate how interested you are in the position and mention something specific that you are certain you can bring to the job. If you would like some advice on sounding more confident in your thank you note, contact your career services department.
Improve upon answers you gave during the interview.
If you felt you were unprepared in any way during the interview or that your answer fell short of your potential, now is the time to make up for it. Employers will be impressed that you are addressing any areas of weakness you might have and to explain how you plan to learn or grow in those areas. You don’t want to call attention to shortcomings, but if possible you do want to improve upon the impression you have already made.
Close with your contact info.
There’s nothing worse than getting a thank you note and then having to dig around to find a phone number or email in order to respond. Your potential employer might not even respond at all if you don’t make it easy for them to do so. Include your name, phone number, email, address and the specific position you’re applying for – at large companies they are sometimes interviewing multiple people for multiple positions. Emphasize your gratitude for the chance to be considered and sign off.
A follow-up thank you note can be exactly the thing you need to stand out from the candidates you’re up against. Don’t miss this valuable step that can help you land the job of your dreams!