The Importance of a Thank You Note After the Job Interview

Let’s go with statistics: A recent CareerBuilder survey showed that 22 percent of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you and 91 percent like being thanked, so based on these stats you can be rest assured that a thank you note will not hurt your chances at the job.
Let’s take a look at the value in bullets, shall we?

  • Impresses employers with your follow through

  • Shows courtesy towards the interviewer

  • Shows your understanding of professional courtesy

  • Conveys your interest in the position

  • Provides you an opportunity to get back in front of the employer again, in case you have faded from the memory of an employer who met too many people too quickly

  • Allows you to introduce information you neglected to mention in the interview

  • Meets your competition so you don’t lose an opportunity simply because your competitor sent a thank you 

Choosing the Right Thank You Method

  1. Hand written

  2. Word processed notes, printed and put into envelopes

  3. Emailed thank you notes 

(For visual examples of sample thank you notes sent by email simply google: job interview thank you email)
Are you still reading?
Which Method to Choose?
That’s easy: Your choice of method depends on the job you are seeking and what you think the people will prefer. So, for example, if you are pursuing a job that requires skills with email, email the thank you note. If the job requires tons of word processing software, choose this option so you can demonstrate your word processing skills. If the jobs you are seeking are very formal (i.e. law firms, accounting firms), a handwritten thank you sent via snail mail would be most appropriate.

  • Highlight what the employer liked about you

  • Cover positive information you wish you had said in the interview

  • Express your skills in areas that the employer showed concern over

  • Keep the message short

  • Proofread very carefully 

Do Not:

  • Send generic or canned thank you letters

  • Fax thank you letters

  • Claim experience or qualifications you don’t have

  • Forget to sign it, if you send it by snail mail 

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