Everyone knows the basics to a job interview:
- Know why you want the job
- Research and understand the company before the interview
- Show how you can help the company reach their goals
- Add their goals and values into your answers
- Present yourself as experienced, professional, and willing to learn
However, I am always surprised at the number of candidates that don’t send a simple thank you note. A thank you note that is poorly written, or even worse, not sent, can keep you from getting the job you want even if all of your other qualifications are on point. There are other candidates out there with similar qualifications, but they show respect and appreciation with their sent thank you notes. By not sending one, you are showing that the job isn’t as important to you as it is to someone else, you have no appreciation for the interviewer’s time, and that common courtesy isn’t one of your strength. Even if you aren’t sure that you want to accept the position if it’s offered, in a small industry it is very possible you will come across the hiring manager again, so making a good impression will help you in the future.
Another thing to keep in mind is sending the thank you note quickly is paramount. Some employers expect a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview, which makes e-mail a great way to send it. However, something that is mass-produced is obvious, even over the internet. You don’t want them to feel that they are someone to simply check off your list, so it’s best to take steps to make them feel singled out. Make sure that your note mentions things that you talked about specifically in the interview and keep the rest of the content as original as possible.
Also sending a great hand-written thank you note is a way to set yourself apart. Again, reference something mentioned in the interview, let them know you were truly listening and are aware of the time they took out of their day for you, and you will add that extra touch of verve that helps you snag that job.
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