A thank you letter after a job interview can take two
forms. The first form is the typical, normal, regular
form. This simply thanks the interviewer, expresses
further interest in the job, invites the interviewer
to contact for a second conversation and signs off.
The second type does all those things but also
distinguishes the candidate from the other applicants,
highlights some favorable characteristics and creates
a slight relationship with the interviewer. If you
choose to write the second type of thank you letter,
the good news is that it does not require
significantly more work than the first on. As a matter
of fact, 90% of the second type of thank you letter is
identical to the first type.
Both kinds of thank you letter after a job interview
begin with the same basic text. A good example of the
genre would go something like this: “Thank you for
your time and consideration yesterday. The more I
learned about the opening, the more excited I became
about the opportunity. I look forward to the chance to
meet and speak with you again about the job at your
convenience.” The second kind of letter simply adds
something that the interviewer will find interesting
and rewarding to this basic letter format as a gift.
This something doesn’t have to be elaborate. Since
company rules and professional ethics mean material
goods and money are out of consideration, then it’s
not expensive either. As a matter of fact, it’s free.
A Thank You Letter After Job a Interview?
The informational gift is simply a little tidbit of
information that the interviewer is likely to
appreciate. You pick out what it will be by paying
close attention to the conversation in the interview,
and what topics or subjects seemed to most interest
the interviewer. After the interview, you take notes
of what those topics and subjects were, and be sure to
get a business card so that you have the interviewer’s
contact details. When you write the thank you note,
you follow it up with research or writing that creates
the informational gift that you believe the
interviewer would appreciate. It could be something so
simple as a link to a running club, a list of
restaurants, or a link to an article in a business
Adding the informational gift to the thank you letter
after job interview fulfills a couple of objectives.
The first and most important one is that it sets you
apart from the rest of the candidate pool who did not
do so. The second is that it displays your ability to
listen to other people, anticipate what they might
want and provide that without being told. It creates a
slight bit of a closer relationship with the
interviewer and the candidate. Lastly, it makes the
interviewer believe that your future communications
might have information of value in them as well.
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