Lots of people think that thank you letters are no longer used, and while it might be true that less people write thank you notes than they did 30 years ago, many job interviewers still appreciate it. Besides, since less people send a thank you note it definitely makes you stand out, and although it won’t land you the job if you don’t have the required skills, it could make a difference. So how do you write the perfect thank you letter after a job interview? Check out some of the tips below:
1. Act fast
It is best if you send you thank you note within 24 hours after your interview. That way the interviewer knows that you are very interested in the job. If you write a thank you note too late it may look like you had better things to do and that you are not that interested in the job. Besides, it is best to try to be the first person to send a thank you note so that it stands out. It is easy to dwell on things, and writing a thank you note can be an exhausting task, but it is better to get it over with right away so that you can relax. You will appear to be a lot more spontaneous as well!
2. Make it personal
Maybe only one person has helped you to get where you are in the job hunt, but in case more people have helped you it is better to write a thank you letter for everyone. The interviewer, the person that referred you to the job, and others that may have been included in the process. This still goes for if you want to write a thank you note to the entire company: while you can send the same basic letter to most people, you can specify the way in which each person helped you and let them know what you appreciated most about. Also make sure that you spell everyone’s name correctly.
3. Use the note to your benefit
A thank you letter shouldn’t be too long, and it basically has two main purposes: one is to thank the interviewer, and one is to sell yourself a little bit better. In your letter you can briefly state why you think that you will be the best person for the job, and you can let the interviewer know that you really want the job. If you forgot to say something important during the interview, your thank you note is an opportunity to still mention it. However, don’t make your note too long. You probably already went over most things in the interview, and all you want to do is remind the interviewer of who you are.
4. Send an email
Handwritten letters have a certain charm to them, and they certainly show that you took your time to write, but when it comes to the thank you letter a handwritten letter via the regular mail is too slow. Because you want to reach within 24 hours of the interview it is better to write an email that will arrive in the interviewer’s mailbox within a minute. When you write an email it is also a lot easier to correct mistakes than when you are writing a letter. Before sending out your email you should go over it and make sure that you used the correct spelling and grammar.
5. Don’t go overboard
While it is important that you use your thank you letter as an opportunity to sell yourself some more after the interview, you shouldn’t go overboard with it. Employers want their applicants to be enthusiastic and interested in the job, but if you come of as desperate this will make a bad impression. You don’t want to make it seem like the job interview is the only one you will ever have, or make it seem like you don’t get enough other interview offers. Just make sure that you start you thank you note by thanking the interviewer, write a short paragraph in which you come back to the interview, and end the letter with an additional, brief word of thanks.
Hopefully these tips will help you to write a better thank you note. For some people it’s easy, but for most people it’s hard, but it is usually very rewarding, and it makes you stand out because not as many people write thank you notes anymore as there used to.