Job Interview – Say Thank You After
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.
Timing comes before creative brilliance – get your letter in as soon as you can – most organizations make their minds up about interviewees pretty quickly.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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