The Power of the ‘Thank You’ Note

If you are in job-search mode and have been fortunate to get an interview, one of the most powerful steps you can take is to send the interviewer(s) a hand-written thank you note.  This can actually make of break your chances of getting hired.  In an interview, a recruiter from the Pursell Group stated that a hand-written note can be a deal-breaker as sending one shows respect and attention to detail, while not sending one shows the opposite.

The handwritten version, as opposed to email, can show an employer:

  • that you have valued your time with them and appreciate that time
  • it can show your eagerness for the position and allows you the opportunity to reiterate that excitement
  • gives you the opportunity to highlight your skills or experiences and why you are a great fit for their organziation
  • speaks highly of your character which makes you stand-out from the crowd

Not sure what to say or how to go about it? My suggestions are to make it short but powerful:

  • Buy note cards that look professional, meaning nothing with flowers or pictures on them
  • Address the interviewer by name
  • State that you want to thank them for their time in meeting with you and how much you enjoyed your conversation, and learning more about the position and the organization I (I would add the day/date you met to remind them)
  • Let them know how that after the meeting, you believe you are a great fit for the job and the organization and state one or two examples for why you believe this – you can highlight one of your experiences/outcomes that you want them to remember
  • Close with thanking them again and then letting them know that you are looking forward to hearing from them or to hearing about the next steps; close with either “Sincerely” or “Respectfully” and sign your full name

Whether you have interviewed internally or externally, it is always a good idea to follow-up with the interviewer to keep you fresh in their minds and memorable and a thank-you note is a great way to do so!

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Whether you have interviewed internally,


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