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Two Little Words That Make a Big Difference

Most job seekers know the importance of preparing for an interview. But many neglect the importance of what they should do after the meeting - and that is to say 'thank you.' These two little words make a big difference—perhaps even more than you might think.

Consider what they mean to you. If you give a gift to a friend or colleague, offer a word of encouragement, or provide a helpful suggestion, it's nice to receive a verbal or written thank you, isn't it? The same is true for a hiring manager following a job interview. You may shake hands and extend your appreciation before you walk out the door, but don't let that keep you from writing a personal handwritten note of thanks, as well.

Stand Out From the Crowd

In today's business climate where jobs are scarce, people are fearful about the economy, and individuals are competing for the employment that does exist, you can move to the head of the list by expressing your gratitude and graciousness. Those who remain conscientious, kind, and appreciative will stand out from the crowd.

Thank the employer for the time he or she spent with you. Acknowledge something significant that you remember from the interview, such as a comment made or helpful information shared. This may seem small to you but not to the hiring manager who sees dozens of potential employees each month. The people who take time to say 'thank you' in writing are the ones he or she will keep in mind when it comes to callbacks for a second interview.

Staying the Course

The committed and dedicated job candidates know that it can take weeks, even months, to fill some positions. They're the ones who don't give up! They do everything they can to remain in the running until the finish line.

The job interview thank you is the way for the job seeker to let the interviewer know he or she appreciates the time and energy the interviewer took to talk about the job and its requirements and to provide time for the job seeker to answer questions and share his or her qualifications.

Not every candidate invests the time in this small step, but those who do find that it pays off—not only by increasing the chance for a second interview––but also by demonstrating what it means to be a thoughtful, caring person who does not take anything for granted. What a good example this is of the kind of person anyone would want to work with on a day-to-day basis.