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Your Job Interview Thank You Letter MATTERS

It may be hard to believe but one of the most important elements of your job interview occurs after you leave the hiring manager's office. It takes place at home or in your office when you sit down to write your job interview thank you letter. You will be setting yourself apart from other job seekers by taking the time to write this letter. Many forget and others drop a quick email. But a handwritten letter or note card is far superior. It shows your care enough to give your personal time to the task, and it is a good example of your thoughtfulness. If more than one person was involved in your interview, write to each one individually. Job interview thank you letters are not difficult to write, but if you want yours to stand out, follow these steps.

First, jot down quickly a couple of details about each person you met during your interview and what you talked about. Then in the letter, include a couple of those details to personalize your communication. Maybe you talked about a hobby or sport that you have in common. Or perhaps one of the interviewers expressed interest in your ability to train salespeople. Your notes will serve as markers to refresh the person’s memory of you and what you talked about.

Second, take a moment to look online for a related website or a link to an article on that topic. For example, suppose you talked about your ability to organize an office space. In your thank you note, you could call attention to organizingpro.com for a list of free tips. Something along these lines will make a favorable impression on your interviewer and show that you are attentive to detail and that you have a good memory.

Gifts Make a Difference

Small 'intellectual gifts' such as the one mentioned above, really do make a difference in a job interview thank you letter. You show that you are interested in helping people, that you understand what’s important to another person, and that you are motivated to be of service - all good signs in a person who is looking for a job. It also indicates that you're willing to do research without being prompted.

Ask For the Job Once Again

Third, be sure to end your letter with a sentence that reminds the employer that you are still very interested in the job for which you were interviewed - that you look forward to bringing your skills and experience to the company. Sign off, mail the letter, and then make a note on your calendar to follow up with an additional note or email every week or two until the position is filled. Keep in mind that it can take months for a hiring decision to be made. Therefore, you’ll want to remain relevant in the mind of the hiring manager between the time he or she conducted the interview and the time he or she makes a final decision about whom to hire.