Five Reasons to Send A Thank You Letter After an Interview

Thank you letters are an excellent self-marketing tool and a critical component of your job search strategy. The time spent crafting a targeted thank you letter after an interview will be well spent and can contribute to a more credible and efficient search. Below are five reasons to incorporate thank you letters into your search strategy.


1. A thank you letter creates an opportunity to reconnect with employers.

Chances are you are one of many candidates being interviewed for an open position. Writing a follow up letter allows you to build a relationship with the interviewer and develop rapport. By expressing your gratitude for the interview and recapping the highlights of the meeting, you revisit the reasons you believe there is an appropriate fit between you and the organization.


2. Following up keeps your candidacy top of mind.
Often candidates make the mistake of putting too much control in the interviewer's hands. They believe that if they are the best candidate, the interviewer will remember them and keep them in the loop regarding the selection process. But this is often not the case. It's critical that candidates remind prospective employers of their interest in a position and the thank you letter is the perfect vehicle for communicating this.


3. Written correspondence allows you to sell your strengths again.

While part of the reason for the thank you letter is to express gratitude for the meeting, the document serves a much more strategic purpose. It provides an opportunity for the candidate to repackage their skills and accomplishments into another format and market their value added to the employer.


4. The document enables you to address points you neglected to discuss during the interview.

Many candidates report that after they leave the interview they think of all the other things they could have said during the meeting. Rather than labeling this a liability, turn it into an asset by discussing these points in the thank you letter and remind the reader of your ability to produce similar results for their organization.


5. A letter helps develop rapport and increases employer's comfort level with your candidacy.

A good strategy is to recap a part of the conversation where you and the interviewer shared similar views on a job-related topic. The thank you letter can also be a forum for demonstrating your consultative problem solving skills. By addressing current issues the employer is facing and proposing solutions, you are contributing to the company's success even before you are on board.

Thank you letters continue to be an important component of a successful job search campaign. But the focus has shifted from a simple courtesy and show of appreciation to a targeted self-marketing tool. By creating letters that validate your candidacy, build rapport, and remind the reader of your value added, you can significantly influence potential employers and increase your chances for subsequent interviews.

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MaryAnn

Agree that thank you note helps to leave the pleasant impression on your customer, which he would remember. Sometimes there is no time to go to the store, buy a card and mail it yourself. You can delegate this to Thank You Pen art iPhone app which sends hand-written letters and greeting cards directly from iOS devices . You type your message and the post team physically handwrites a message, address the envelope and mail it to the recipient.

May 21 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MaryAnn

Agree that thank you note helps to leave the pleasant impression on your customer, which he would remember. Sometimes there is no time to go to the store, buy a card and mail it yourself. You can delegate this to Thank You Pen art iPhone app which sends hand-written letters and greeting cards directly from iOS devices . You type your message and the post team physically handwrites a message, address the envelope and mail it to the recipient.

May 21 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Very nice tips about thank you letters.But it is too hard to write a good thank you letter.

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May 24 2010 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoAnn

I did write thank you notes for awhile, until I found out the carefully written, timely and polite card was being tossed in the garbage. Let's face it. HR Managers have no time to read your card, they barely have time to read their emails. You are wasting money (and if unemployed you may need that $$ for gas for another interview), stamps, and your time. Never heard of anything more stupid, of curse there is the custom design your resume for the job posted.

May 05 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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