Let’s go with statistics: A recent CareerBuilder survey showed that 22 percent of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you and 91 percent like being thanked, so based on these stats you can be rest assured that a thank you note will not hurt your chances at the job.
Let’s take a look at the value in bullets, shall we?
Impresses employers with your follow through
Shows courtesy towards the interviewer
Shows your understanding of professional courtesy
Conveys your interest in the position
Provides you an opportunity to get back in front of the employer again, in case you have faded from the memory of an employer who met too many people too quickly
Allows you to introduce information you neglected to mention in the interview
Meets your competition so you don’t lose an opportunity simply because your competitor sent a thank you
Choosing the Right Thank You Method
Word processed notes, printed and put into envelopes
Emailed thank you notes
(For visual examples of sample thank you notes sent by email simply google: job interview thank you email)
Are you still reading?
Which Method to Choose?
That’s easy: Your choice of method depends on the job you are seeking and what you think the people will prefer. So, for example, if you are pursuing a job that requires skills with email, email the thank you note. If the job requires tons of word processing software, choose this option so you can demonstrate your word processing skills. If the jobs you are seeking are very formal (i.e. law firms, accounting firms), a handwritten thank you sent via snail mail would be most appropriate.
Highlight what the employer liked about you
Cover positive information you wish you had said in the interview
Express your skills in areas that the employer showed concern over
Keep the message short
Proofread very carefully
Send generic or canned thank you letters
Fax thank you letters
Claim experience or qualifications you don’t have
Forget to sign it, if you send it by snail mail
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