Wondering how do you write the dreaded job interview thank you note?
Should you shoot a quick email to your new boss, or write a powerful piece of prose on fancy embossed letterhead?
Consider these thank you note facts.
According to a recent CareerBuilder.com study:
Nearly 15 percent of hiring managers would reject a job candidate who neglected to send a thank-you letter after interviewing.
32 percent said they would still consider the person who did not sent a thank you note but their opinion of this candidate would be negative.
A well-written thank you note is the extra push to help get you hired. Don't neglect this essential sales and marketing tool that can give you the edge in a competitive job market. First, here are a few thank you note tips:
1) Keep the thank you note short and sweet.
A proper thank you note is not a novel or short essay. It should be no more than 4 -5 lines in length. The thank you note should include three points: appreciation of the interview, a recap of your job skills, and a quick mention of a relevant topic that you discussed during the interview.
2) Handwritten thank you notes are preferred by managers.
If you poll the top hiring managers, they would all prefer hand written notes over emailed thanks. Unless you are interviewing for a highly technical programming position and email is the preferred form of communication, write your thank you note on your personal stationary.
If you must send a gratitude-filled email, follow up with a written thank you note within 24 hours of the email transmission.
3) Time is of the essence. Send your thank you note immediately after the interview.
Ask each interviewer for his or her business card during the meeting. If you interview with more than one person, a bulk thank you note is inappropriate. Send a separate thank you note to every person, regardless of position or rank within the organization.
4) Use the thank you note outline.
- State what the thank you is for.
- Be sincere, positive and pleasant.
- Mention a quick recap of your skills and or desire to work for the organization.
- Include any points that you forgot to mention in the interview that will help you get the job.
- Thank the interviewer again.
To prevent your resume from dying a horrible death via paper shredder or waste paper basket crumbling, learn how to write a sincere and appropriate thank you note using these samples.
Interview Thank You Note Samples:
(These samples are for informational purposes only. They will need to be modified for each position and your level of experience.)
Dear Mr. Washington,
Thank you for providing more information about the Sales Manager position within Krager Chemicals. As a results-oriented Account Manager, I would enjoy bringing my 10 years of sales and marketing knowledge to this exciting opportunity.
I appreciated the tour of the chemical facility and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other members of the sales team. I am interested in working for you in this capacity and look forward to hearing your response soon.
Sincerely, (YOUR NAME HERE)
Dear Ms. Marshall,
It was a pleasure meeting you this afternoon. After our interview, I thought about our great conversation and the thought-provoking questions you asked about my qualifications. If I am selected for this amazing position, I would not only benefit greatly from your 25 years of experience in human resources and training, but also have the opportunity to use my support skills to assist the attorneys at Biddle, Babbit & Baxter.
Again, thank you for a wonderful interview. If selected for this position, I am would enjoy the opportunity to provide excellent administrative support as an Executive Assistant II.
Best regards, (YOUR NAME HERE)
As you write your interview thank you note, keep in mind that you are reminding the interviewer of your skills; but most of all you are selling your skills.
In a world of texting and impersonal communications, a proper mixture of gratitude, salesmanship and the personal touch will never go out of style.