Do you remember when you last wrote a letter to anybody? This does not include an email or a text message to someone. While letter writing is not as common as it used to be, it is still an essential part of the job interview process. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of people who are interviewed actually take the time to send an interview thank you letter. Employers notice, too.
Politeness Still Has Meaning
An interview thank you letter is polite. You are thanking the interviewer for their time, but there are additional reasons why you should write one. It also helps refresh the memory of the interviewer of your qualifications, skills, and experience. If you had a particularly strong interview, this letter could be the deciding factor between hiring you and another strong candidate.
Even though letter writing has gone somewhat out of fashion, it only takes a few moments of your time to compose this important document. There are, however, several things to remember when writing an interview thank you letter. You don’t want to do more harm than good!
When to Send This Letter
You should send a thank you letter within 24 hours of your interview. If you are sending it through email, make sure you have the correct spelling and email address of the person who interviewed you. There’s nothing worse than someone taking offense for a misspelled name. If you are considering sending it through the mail, get it out the same day as your interview. You can also drop it off in person, but make sure it is in an envelope that is properly addressed to the recipient.
What to Include:
Begin by thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to meet with them and discuss the job opening. Add a line or two about what you find positive about the company and why you feel you would be a good fit. Next, summarize your qualifications, skills, and experience. Make sure it’s concise, as you don’t need to include as much information as is in your resume. You want to highlight your strong points and help them remember your resume, cover letter, and interview.
End with a statement or two about how you look forward to hearing from them about their decision. Make sure you include your email address and phone number. You want to make it very easy for the company to contact you about the opening and you want to let them know that you are still interested in the job.
A Few Final Thoughts
An interview thank you letter, which not very common any longer, can often be the deciding factor in a close decision for who gets the job. It is a chance to remind the interviewer about why you would be a great choice to fill the position and it is polite to thank them for their time. Be sure to proofread carefully, as you do not want any spelling or grammar errors. This will help ensure their memory of you is one of professionalism, attention to detail, and enthusiasm.