Writing Your Post-Interview Thank You Letter
We’ve talked about resume building, phone-screens, trick interview questions and in general interview-survival… Now that you’re trained to crush the interview process, there is just one final step. Writing your post-interview thank you letter. (Another blog in our interview series: Shout out to Mike Korman for all of the incredible insight and wisdom.)
Thank you letters are not just for wedding gifts or because someone baked you a green bean casserole. They are a thoughtful touch for any occasion. Whether your neighbor fed your goldfish or your professor giving you a chance for extra credit. Hell, even Jimmy Fallon takes the time during Late Night to write multiple thank you notes to things like pop-tarts or kids with mohawks. No matter how busy you are or you think you are, you should always take time out of your schedule to write your post-interview thank you letter.
Why is this so important? Someone handpicked you out of a dozen faceless resumes. They took time out of running their business to meet with you. They gave you the inside scoop into their corporate world, maybe even snuck you behind enemy lines.
BUT if being nice or thoughtful isn’t enough incentive, there is one huge beneficial reason for you to write a post-interview thank you letter. COMPETITIVE EDGE. Everyone wants to feel appreciated or at least recognized for their time and work. When you give the hiring manager the kudos or attention that all people subconsciously crave, they will remember you and the nice sentiment. Only one in twenty jobseekers take the time to write one, so spending the extra five minutes will set you apart from the competition and keep your interview fresh in the mind of your interviewer.
Here are some factors to keep in mind while writing your post-interview thank you note:
- Thank them for their time.
- Include how impressed you were with some statistic the interview dubbed important enough to mention. This will subtly demonstrate that you were engaged and interested enough to retain noteworthy material about your future workplace.
Ex. “I was impressed to learn that XYZ Company executes 63 widgets more per hour than your closest competitor”.
- Reaffirm your interest in the position and the opportunity to join their team.
- Tell them why you are the best fit. DO NOT USE “FEEL” as a selling tactic or an argument for candidacy. Ex. “I feel like I would bring a lot of experience to your team”.
Why? Feelings are emotion and business decisions should be driven by facts. Use the “5 W’s” approach to tell them why you are the best candidate for this position.
Ex. “As we discussed in our meeting yesterday, the fact that I have successfully led several enterprise widget migrations identical to your upcoming initiative will provide an immediate impact for your organization offering a distinct, mutual advantage for us both. I believe my ability to fit in seamlessly from a technical standpoint couple with the industry knowledge and experience I carry will help in ensuring that I prove to be the best fit for XYZ company both in the immediate and long-term.”
- If there is a skill set or specific industry experience you lack this is your ONE LAST CHANCE to overcome that obstacle.
- Assume the role. Don’t be obnoxiously confident but finish your letter off with an optimistic signoff.
Ex. “I am excited at the prospect of joining your organization and look forward to receiving your final decision.”
Did you follow along with all of our tips, tricks and interview hacks? Then congratulations, you are on your way to becoming America’s next top candidate. Mike Korman, expert career coach, has had success time and time again with all of these methods. We know that the interview process can be scary or intimidating but it is all just about how you play the game. Hiring managers are people and people are habitual creatures that respond to what they can relate to. If you take our advice you are sure to reach your career goals. Let us know your success stories or any questions you might have. RSG provides free career coaching if you’d like more information or would like to talk to an experienced professional to go even further!