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Make a lasting impression with a job interview thank you note

job interview thank you noteOne of the best ways to make sure that you’re ultimately hired for the job you’re seeking is to make a positive impression on your interviewer.

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This naturally consists of two big areas: The first impression and the last impression!

A good first impression in a job interview isn’t so difficult.

It’s a matter of showing up on time, being well groomed and well dressed, giving an appropriate handshake, and showing that you have the knowledge to become part of a team. The last impression, however, is provided by job interview  letters. If you’re not using them — start soon!

job interview thank you letters set you apart from the hundreds or even thousands of other job applicants who will not bother to send one. In fact, more than 98% of job applicants neglect this crucial step. That means that no matter what job you are actually applying for, your letter is likely to be the only one that the interviewer receives.

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Though the letter should not be “formulaic,” you’ll find the basic contents to be simple. Just thank the interviewer for his or her time, express hope that you will be working together soon, and sign off very simply.

It’s sad that most people neglect this step, because that means the last impression they have to work with is them leaving the interview. While a thank you letter won’t salvage a terrible interview, they can help when your interviewer is “on the fence.”

This is because they allow you to demonstrate the respect and dedication that other job applicants lack. Every time you invest more time and effort into your interview — and that time and effort is evident to the interviewer — you set yourself apart in a very key way. Why wouldn’t you take that opportunity?

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When preparing to send a thank you letter to your interviewer, don’t bother to ask that person how to contact him or her. Simply go back down to the lobby and ask the reception professional there. As soon as you leave the building, get to work on the letter; you should have it in the mail by the next day to ensure that it reaches its destination promptly.

Naturally, you should be careful to proofread the document from top to bottom and make sure that it looks completely professional. Treat it as an extension of your resume and the final part of your interview.

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by Don Georgevich

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