In a successful job search, saying thank after an interview is a must.
You can do it by email or by letter but you can’t avoid it. It has become so much of a custom that some employers think less of you these days, if you don’t do it.
Send your thanks within 24 hours of being interviewed, if you can, and you need to tailor your letter it to suit the organization! The style should reflect the kind of organization and the type of interview you’ve had; a formal process requires a formal response.
If you are not sure what to write, then you can use a thank you letter template as a guide.
Your letter is a chance to emphasize what a good fit you are for the job. Even, if you have decided the organization is not one you want to join, still send polite thanks. Who knows what the future holds?
You can use the letter to reinforce what a good fit you are for the job, now that you know more about it. And your letter is a good opportunity to flag up things they need to know but didn’t ask at the interview. You can add what you didn’t mention or make something clearer.
If you have some information that might be useful to them or thoughts on helping to solve an issue they raised, that can make you to stand out from the crowd.
Some people recommend writing to everyone you spoke to in the organization. But, personally, I prefer to write to the person who is leading job search within the organization.
Remember to proof-read your letter carefully – nothing is more off-putting than reading a letter from a candidate that includes typos. If you are not sure of the spelling of names and the correct titles, then ring the organization to check.
Remember timing comes before creative brilliance – get your letter in as soon as you can – most organizations make their minds up about interviewees pretty quickly.
If you need support in your job search then please get in touch – my email address is below.
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at wendymason
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- Adding value to your CV
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