small percentage of candidates bother to send a thank you letter after they complete an
interview, which makes the candidates who do send a note of thanks look all the
better. Stock up on some attractive high quality thank-you cards and stamps in advance so
you'll be prepared to drop an impressive follow-up note on a moment's notice. You'll want
to send your thanks the old fashioned way - in the mail. E-mails are nice but they
are quickly deleted. An attractive card is more likely to be saved and may even be propped
up on the interviewer's desk as a silent reminder of your great interview when the hiring
decision is made.
Here are tips for sending a thank
you letter that is sure to impress:
Send your thank you note the day of the interview.
You never know when the hiring decision will be made.
You'll want to make sure your card arrives there right away as a reminder of your
professionalism and your interest.
Send an attractive card.
Find something is businesslike and worthy of saving. You
want the interviewer to hang on to the card and be reminded of you.
Say something real.
Make a reference or two to something that was discussed
with the interviewer. You want your note to sound genuine and personal, not mass-produced
Be generous with your thanks.
Send a note of thanks to everyone
you met with on your interview visit, not just the hiring manager. You want the
support of everyone in your quest for a job offer.
Write your note by hand.
A handwritten note seems more personal than one generated
from the computer.
Don't forget to proofread.
Have someone look over the note before you mail it to make
sure there are no spelling errors. If you do find a mistake, start again on a fresh
A note of thanks from the heart is always well received.
In addition to your interviewers, you will want to give thanks to the friends, colleagues, mentors and recruiters who assist you in your quest for
opportunities that will lead you to your career goal.
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