Saturday 6 October 2012

Say Thanks after the Interview

Writing a thank you note or email after an interview can be the key to getting a job offer.

While on the train home or even before you get back in the car, strike while the iron is hot. If the employer is making a quick hiring decision, time is of the essence. If there is no sense of urgency, you may still want to send a quick email thank you. You'll be reiterating your interest in the position sooner rather than later.
In addition to thanking the person you talked with, the thank you note reinforces the fact that you want the job. Use your letter to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview. You can also view the thank you as a follow-up "sales" letter. In other words, restate why you want the job, what your qualifications are, how you might make significant contributions, and so on.

This letter is also the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that your interviewer neglected to ask or that you neglected to answer as thoroughly, or as well, as you would have liked. Keep in mind though, that the thank you note should be brief and to the point. A couple of brief paragraphs are sufficient.
If you were interviewed by several people, send individual messages to each person you interviewed with (ask for a business card at the conclusion of each interview - that way you'll have the contact information for your thank you letters). Remember to modify your message so each interviewer gets a unique thank you note.

More tips on Preparing for an Interview


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