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Should you send a thank-you note after your interview?
By Gayathri Ramachandran
 
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Should you send a thank-you note after your interview?

 

Sending a thank-you note after an interview should be an important part of any job-hunting strategy. Whether or not you send a thank-you note could actually determine if you get the job.

 

So, should you send your post-interview letter by email or snail mail, handwritten or typed? In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, these questions baffle even the most sophisticated job hunters. These guidelines can tell you how to write a thank-you note after your interview.

 

Emailing Thank you notes

 

Email is the most popular—and accepted—way to send a thank-you note after an interview. Now, before you hit “send,” you’ll need to determine if this is the best vehicle for your thank-you note by asking yourself how the company contacted you at the start. If you have always corresponded with the company via email for setting up the interview, answering certain questions, and so on, then, by all means, send an email thank-you note as soon as you return from an interview, typically within 24 hours after the interview. Email thank-you notes have one clear advantage over their snail mail counterpart: It’s the quickest way to put your name back in front of the interviewer.

 

Snail mail

 

If the company you interviewed with is formal and traditional, use snail mail to send your thank-you note. Type your reply which will demonstrate your ability to communicate professionally by proving that you know how to address, format, and sign a letter.

 

Handwritten notes are appropriate if you'd like to extend your thanks to others in the office who helped you out. For example, if a receptionist, assistant, office manager, or another person involved with the interviewing process was especially helpful and guided you from office to office during the interviewing process—then a handwritten note is a nice gesture to show your appreciation.

 

What do you write in your thank-you note?

 

What you write and how you write it are even more important than the manner in which you send it. A standard thank-you note should achieve several things:

 

Thank the recruiter for the opportunity to interview with the company.

 

Talk about your skills: "The job is a good fit for me because of ABC and my past experience in ABC."

 

Finally, outline recap some of the conversational highlights.

 

Interviewers have short memories. A thank-you letter is your last chance to make yourself stand apart from all of the others who want the same position.

 

 

Get ready to get writing 

 

Now that you know the essentials of thank-you notes, it's time to find some opportunities to actually write those thank-you notes. Need help finding employers to send them to? Join Jobenvoy today. As a member, you can upload your resume. Recruiters search Jobenvoy every day for candidates to fill their requirements. Pretty soon, you could be the one getting some mail—in the form of an offer letter.