How A Thank You Note Can Land You The Job
“Always say ‘thank you’”, one of the phrases my mother told me repeatedly when I was younger. Who would’ve known that those simple words could be the difference between landing a job and being passed over? “It seems like a waste of time. After all the company executive seems like a busy person and has no time to read useless thank you notes”, that’s what most of us might think. But that’s a misconception. Research has shown that people who send a thank you note after a job interview is more likely to get the job than a person who doesn’t.
A thank you note enables you to stand out as well as reassert why you’re the right person for the job. A well-written note allows you to achieve several goals:
- Express you gratitude for giving you the opportunity
- Emphasize your interest in the job and express your seriousness
- Create a lasting impression and show that you’re a courteous person
It’s up to you how you wish to send the note; you can send a hand-written note or an email. Make sure you don’t wait too long though; a day or two at most is fine. You should make reference to specific points that were raised during the interview when you want to reemphasize your skills in a certain area. For instance, if it was mentioned that the job requires someone with strong writing skills you can use the opportunity to remind them of your professional qualifications related to writing, and you can provide some links to your past work.
The note should be short and sweet. No one wants to read an essay that rambles on and on. Never forget to use a spell checker and proofread your note. Sending a note full of mistakes will most likely backfire and hurt your chances instead. So the next time you attend an interview don’t forget to send a thank you note, it may land you the job you’ve wanted so badly.
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