Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Saying thanks, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
Now that you've analyzed your performance, you need to write your thank you notes. You'd be surprised at how many people do not do this step, and how crucial it is to making you the candidate of choice. A thank you note does not need to be hard. It's usually only five to ten sentences in length, but has to have a powerful punch to it. It can also be broken down into three sections to make it easier. In the first part you'll want to thank them for their time. In the second part you'll want to reiterate your strength to the position. This should be easy since you'll be able to refer back to your interview performance worksheet and pick out your strengths to highlight. This should be specific to the interview you had with this particular person. Finally you'll want to let them know that you want the position and are looking forward to hearing from them soon.
Also if by chance you did not bring something up in the interview that you feel would make you a strong candidate you can add a few sentences to highlight this experience. You'll want your letters to arrive within 48 hours of the interview, so email is appropriate. However if you really want to stand out you can do both an email thank you and a hand written thank you sent out the next day. If you choose both the hand written note can be short and to the point...
If you interviewed with more than one person, you should send each person an individual thank you note. Again, this will make you stand out from everyone else. This could be the tie breaker between two candidates. You should always proofread the drafts before sending. You don't want any last minute mistakes to ruin your chances. As a final note, keep track of your interviews. This includes the date of the interview, the contact, as well as any other comments you would like to make. We've provided a worksheet to help you manage this. In the exercise files, we've included a sample thank you letter as well as a template that will guide you in writing your own letters.
- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Intermediate
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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.