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  • Helps build a relationship with the interviewer
  • Helps to project a positive image of yourself
  • Keeps your name in front of the interviewer
  • Demonstrates you are truly interested in the job
  • Shows that you are a follow-through type person
  • Allows you to reinforce your key strengths
  • Provides a second chance for you to mention important points you might have forgotten to mention during the interview
  • It is wise to consider every tool that will give you an advantage in this tight job market.
  • A survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com in August 2005 found that nearly 15% of managers would reject a job candidate who neglected to send a thank you letter after the interview and 32% said they would still consider the candidate, but that their opinion of him/her would diminish

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  • Keep your letter short and simple – one page two paragraphs is enough.
  • Make it customized.
  • Help the interviewer person remember you by referring to specific points discussed in your interview.  It shows that you were listening and will refresh the interviewer’s their memory of you.
  • Be sure your letter is professional, for example: typed, no grammar or spelling errors, etc.
  • Remember, very few people bother to send thank you letters – this can be your edge!
  • Do not send the thank you note written via your phone.
  • Make sure several people proofread the note before sending it.
  • For a thank you after an interview:
    • Emphasize your qualifications, especially those that are most relevant to the position.
    • Provide any information that was overlooked during the interview or that which was specifically requested by the interviewer.
    • Express your continued interest and your enthusiasm for the position
    Remember, very few people bother to send thank you letters – this can be your edge!
  • Do not send the thank you note via your phone.
  • Make sure several people proofread the note before sending it.

 

Format of Thank You letter

First Paragraph:

  • Thank the interviewer person for taking the time to meet with you (mention the date of the interviewmeeting). 
  • For an job/internship interview: Remind the interviewer of the position for which you interviewed.

Second paragraph:

  • Restate your interest in the position and the company/school/organization.  Mention something you have learned from the interview meeting or comment on something of importance that you discussed.  Again,
  • For interviews: Restate your interest in the position and the company/school/organization and emphasize your strengths, experiences, skills, accomplishments and slant them towards the points that the interviewer considered the most important for the position.

Third paragraph:

  • Once again, thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration.  If appropriate, close with a suggestion for further action (if a second interview is a possibility), or mention that you will follow up with a phone call in a few days.  Provide your phone number and a time you can best be reached.them for their time and can reference you look forward to hearing from them (for interviews) or keeping in touch (for non interviews).  

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