After interviews for job opportunities, it’s vital for a candidate to send a thank-you note to the interviewer. It shows how interested you are in the job and how grateful you are for their consideration. Some employers make hiring decisions off of a candidate’s thank-you note, so below we’ve outlined some advice on how to write one that can land you the job.
Send a Thank-You Note in the First Place:
Data shows that the simple act of sending a thank-you note can improve your chances of landing a job. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send one after the interview. 56% of employers said that it shows the candidate isn’t serious about the position and 86% said it shows a lack of follow-through. Some interviewers use whether the candidates sent a thank-you note or not as a tiebreaker between two similar candidates.
Email, No Handwritten Letter:
There has long been a debate over whether to write an email or handwritten letter to your interviewer. Some believe handwritten letters make you stand out because they show you went above and beyond and they add a personal touch. However, in today’s technology-centered environment, a thank-you absolutely should be sent through an email. If you send a letter, the interviewer may think you lack the tech-savviness needed to adapt to the job. Hiring decisions could already be made by the time your handwritten letter arrives in the mail.
Make it Personal and Specific:
Write each thank-you note to be personal and specific to the conversation you had during the interview. If multiple people interviewed you, send a unique thank-you note to each individual in a separate email. It shows that you value the time each person took to interview you. Make sure to note the interesting tidbit you learned about the job or workplace that makes you more excited about the possibility of joining the team. If you talked about a television show you both liked, you could make a comment about that in the note. It will show them that you were actively listening during the interview.
Reiterate Why You are a Good Fit for the Company and Position:
They brought you in to interview because they believe you may be a good fit for the company. After you learned about the role from the conversation, the thank you note should be used to reiterate why you are the perfect fit for the role. Reiterate your skills and qualifications in the email and your interviewer will be reminded why they brought you in for the interview.
Spellcheck, Spellcheck, Spellcheck:
Nothing is more embarrassing or could crush your job prospects like a glaring typo in an important document like a resume, cover letter or thank-you note. Before sending the thank-you note, make sure to double-check for any spelling and grammar errors. Read it aloud and have another person edit it accordingly. You do not want a silly mistake to ruin your chances.