Job Interview Thank You Note

By: Ray James

After an interview, it is highly recommended that you send a thank you note to your prospective employer within 24 hours. Just about every career advisory book will advise you to do this, although it is a surprising fact that only 5 percent of job seekers get around to writing one. Sending a thank you note after the interview is a simple but crucial task. Employers will be pleasantly surprised to receive your thank you note. The note is a form of courtesy that you can show towards your employer. You can set yourself apart from other candidates by just such a simple gesture. It also indicates that you are very much interested in the job.

You may well increase your chances of obtaining the job by sending this note as it will impress your potential employer. A little note can make a big difference. A thank you note is a simple gesture that people often forget to perform. It may well also show that you really need the job.

If after the interview you find that you do not want the job, you can write a thank you note indicating this respectfully. Interviewers often think less of those candidates who neglect to send thank you notes. The note can be a simple handwritten one or a typed business letter. Studies have shown that either is acceptable. The most important thing is to send the letter. Write your letter so that it is tailored to the relationship that you had established with the interviewer during the interview.

If this relationship dictates a personal touch then you should send a handwritten thank you note and if you were interviewed by several people it is essential to send a personal note to each one. You can create one thank you note and send copies of it to each person. This is often the best approach, as it will save you the concerns as to what to write in each one.

Sending an emailed thank you note often depends upon the company?s culture. If emails are the usual form of communication within the company then your decision of sending an emailed thank you note is correct. Personally delivering a thank you note to the interviewer will definitely make a very good impression and if you want to make an even better impression, personalize it.

Carefully check that there are no spelling or grammatical errors in the thank you note before you send it. Spelling mistakes may be an annoyance to the interviewer. Even taking into account a successful interview, a poorly written note will definitely reduce the chance of winning the job. A note also demonstrates your writing skills so take extreme care whilst writing it. Ask someone to check your letter before sending it off. By doing this, any mistakes can be corrected.

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