Sending a thank-you note after a job interview is a simple step, but it’s consistently overlooked by job seekers across Denver.
It takes only a few minutes, but it can make a huge difference. Do it the same day as the initial interview. An email is quick and easy, and you can be sure it’ll get there. A handwritten note is more personal, but traditionally usually takes a few days.
If you know they’re looking to make a hiring decision immediately, an email is probably best. If there’s no rush, it won’t hurt to send an actual note. Regardless, here’s why sending a thank-you note could land you the job.
You’ll Show Common Courtesy
Taking the time to write and send a thank-you note shows that you respect the time they took to interview you. You’re acknowledging that they went out of their way to meet with you and showing you appreciate their efforts. They respected you enough to want to get to know you more, so show that you’re grateful for the courtesy.
You’ll Stand Out
With job applicants tending to make thank-you notes an optional practice, you’ll automatically be in the minority if you send one. What an elite group! The thank-you note writers! If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the competition, this is a quick and easy way to do it.
You’ll Have a Chance to Reiterate Your Points
After briefly thanking your interviewer, use the second paragraph to emphasize your skills and qualifications. Clarify any points that you might not have answered as clearly, express your enthusiasm for the role, and mention just how perfect you are for the job.
You’ll Have a Second Chance
It’s easy to get nervous in a job interview. Many people leave the room realizing they didn’t say something they wish they had—some achievement they forgot to mention, or how passionate they are about the hiring company. A thank-you note gives you a second chance to make a point that you wish you had. It’s easy to toss in a sentence toward the end like, “After our conversation, it occurred to me that I forgot to mention…”
Show Off Your Writing Ability
The interview was your chance to show off your charisma and your interpersonal skills—eye contact, body language, verbal expression, and such. When the interviewer reads over your thank-you note, they’ll be able to assess how well you write and how effectively you can express yourself in the written word. Chances are that if hired, you’ll be representing the company to clients and customers all the time through written emails and letters, making the ability to write well an important skill.
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