The Message of a Post Interview Thank-You Note

Post Interview thank-you

Nicely written thank-you notes can do wonders. Here is the story of two clients saying everything you need to know.

Marla was fortunate to receive a referral from another client of mine that ensured her a job interview. We tweaked her resume to fit the position, and within a couple of days of submission, she obtained an interview with an executive from the company. A week after the interview, the company informed Marla that the background process was in progress. A month later Marla called me and asked what she should do since it’s been a month since she has heard from the company. I asked her two questions:

Did you call back to find out the background check status?

Did you send a thank-you letter?

Her answer was “No” to both questions.

I suggested that she immediately hand deliver the letters to the people who interviewed her. Unfortunately, it was the end of the day Friday.

Another client Traci, similarly waited three weeks to follow-up. She called me, as Marla did, and wondered what she should do. I asked the same two questions, and recommended the same action. Traci, however, wrote a thank-you letter, and with baby in tow, hand delivered the letter in person.

Unfortunately, the position was filled; however, Traci was the ONLY candidate to send or follow-up in any way. As a result of her efforts, the employer awarded her a six-month contract just for her.

There are three reasons why a thank-you letter can be a powerful strategy to implement for every interview you obtain:

  1. A thank-you letter is your personal advocate. Gratitude goes a long way. It is a little gesture that speaks volumes.
  2. It is the last opportunity to sell yourself. By reiterating how you can fit in the organization, it seals the deal.
  3. You stand out positively.  End of story.

We can debate whether to mail in or email it, but sending it is crucial. I believe in hand delivering it particularly if the business is local. This may offer another opportunity to have a positive impact on the process. Ideally, within 24-48 hours, but it is never too late a week later.

Send a thank-you letter to the referrer. Who says that the one interview is the end of the road for that company?

Are thank-you notes  a part of your job search strategy? Why or why not? Please comment below.

About Mark Anthony Dyson

I am the "The Voice of Job Seekers," career consultant, job seeker advocate, career writer, and founder of this award-winning blog. I help the employed, unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated find jobs using job search strategies to navigate the new job market. I aim to give a safe place online to those with different needs, cultures, and ethnicities to find their voice in the job market. Thousands have read my career advice throughout the web as I write about everything from job search strategies to the mobile job search. I have published more than 400 articles on this blog and some of the largest career sites such as Recruiter.com, YouTern, and Come Recommended. I've been quoted in major publications such as on Monster, AOL Jobs, Fortune, Business Insider and Levo League. Both FlexJobs and JobMonkey listed my podcast as one of the top eight podcasts to help your job search. Love for you to sign up for the weekly newsletter. I share the latest articles I've written, new podcast episodes, and answer any questions you may have. The new job search is scary and if you need help, I am here for it!

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