One of the hardest decisions to make after the interview is whether or not to send a thank you note to the interviewer(s). You might be afraid to be seen as “trying to hard” when doing so, but on the other hand you want to make yourself remembered by doing this small act of courtesy.
When you are interviewed, chances are you might just be one of the dozens of candidates struggling for the job. Then, how can you ensure a lasting impression in the interviewer’s mind? Thank you note is the answer.
In our daily life, saying thank you is the most common courtesy we can pay anyone for a favor. Therefore, writing a quick, thoughtful thank you note to the employer for taking the time to interview you and giving you an opportunity to prove your worth might work wonders.
Thank you notes also subtly give you a terrific opportunity to follow-up with the decision-maker right away. If you want to go all out, write thank you notes to each individual who was sitting in on the interview (in case there was more than one person or even an entire panel that was present); do it on the same day as the interview itself.
How personal should I be?
Sometimes, one can even consider sending a handwritten ‘thank you’ note. However, this may not be appropriate in all situations. Whether you send a handwritten note or one that is typed out, and whether you email it or send it by post, will depend on how your interview went. If it was a fairly clinical and mundane interview, then a formal thank you note sent via email would work best. If, however, you managed to strike up a real conversation and built real rapport with the interviewer, then a handwritten note would be a nice gesture. So, make a decision on the ‘thank you’ note depending on how your interview went.
An effective thank you letter should reiterate the points you discussed during the interview, as well as the qualities you possess for the job position. Use this note to reaffirm to the hiring manager that you’re on top of things and would bring a ton of value to the position for which you’re interviewing. Make it easy for them to decide in your favor.
Polish your resume first!
Before expecting to be shortlisted for the interview, polish your resume first! If a thank you note can get you remembered after the interview, a unique and impressive resume will get you remembered before and after the interview.
In today’s era, there are a lot of resume options available: from the eye catching graphic resume to the technologically advanced mobile resume, the choices are endless. Why stick to a plain, boring resume? Leave it in the hands of professionals, prepare yourself for endless interview calls, and start writing a lot of thank you notes!