So you had the interview of your dreams; head bottle washer at XYZ Widget Co., Inc. You know you’re the perfect person for the job, but a job like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there are at least a dozen other interviews in the works for this position. So how can you ensure you stand out from the crowd? Easy; drop them a thank you note.
An Interview Thank You Note
Yes, a simple thank you note could be the difference between getting the job you want and losing it to the next guy. While etiquette and manners are fading fast in this post internet world, business etiquette is still fashionable and employers are often impressed by candidates who still follow it. It makes you distinctive in a good way, not in a maybe-you-should-have-showered-before-the-interview kind of way. So as a suggestion, the next time you have an interview, email the prospective employer a thank you note as soon as possible. It could just make the difference between two stellar potential employees.
Key Points to Remember:
- Be pithy (fancy word meaning “to the point”). You’re not writing the great American novel, or even a long paragraph. Be succinct in your verbiage.
- Thank the employer for his or her time. Time is money, and as such, is a precious commodity. Let them know you appreciate theirs.
- Note one key point as to why you either like the opportunity or can do the job. But just one! Refer to tip #1.
- Remember employers like candidates that can help their company make money, save money, or protect their good name. If you can combine this with #4, you’re going to look great!
- Close off by confirming interest in the position or in working for the company. You want to appear happy by the prospect of working for them. Let your potential employer know you really do want to be working for them.
A Sample Thank You Note
Just to pull it altogether, here’s a simple example.
Dear Mr. Bobola,
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me ___________ regarding your need. My experience in ___________ would fit very well in, and would benefit, your company. I am very much interested in the opportunity and look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you, John J. Jingleheimerschmidt
Notice how we were able to follow all five tips in three sentences? With a little comma work, you could probably even get that bad boy down to two.
Brevity is the name of the game. In the 30+ years I’ve been with our Pittsburgh recruiting firm, the biggest mistake I’ve seen is people rambling and the more you ramble, the more you open yourself up to mistakes: grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, etc. And you really do not want to be making mistakes before they even hire you. Not to mention, I don’t have time to read all that. So keep it short and to the point.
P.S. For heaven’s sake, spell check!