Writing a thank you letter is considered a “must do” in today’s economy. Employers expect it, recruiters recommend it, and it is your best chance to remind your interviewers that you were a great candidate and you deserve the job.
Everyday Interview Tips has information on Thank You Letters that you can find here. The Wall Street Journal has chimed in with their own helpful tips in a recent article. The content isn’t groundbreaking, but the 5 main points are sound. The Wall Street Journal recommends the following:
- Give it an extremely thorough check for spelling, grammar and more.
- Remind the employer of your best qualities.
- Show the employer that you were listening.
- Try to sound like you fit in with the culture of the company.
- Write an individualized thank you letter to every interviewer.
Thank you letters are not the most complicated documents in the world. However, it is vital that your thank you letters are perfect. A poorly worded and hastily thrown together thank you letter will only serve to harm your chances. Indeed, the thank you letter is the last part of your interview, and you never want to leave an interview poorly.
In addition to the recommended tips in the WSJ article, you should also add the following:
- Ask Questions – It is always a good idea to have a few questions for the interviewer.
- Mention a Follow Up – Tell the employer when you will call to check in.
- Keep it Short – Your interviewer is short on time. You are doing them no favors with a long thank you letter.
As long as you keep to those tips your thank you letter should be acceptable. Check out successful thank you letter examples for proper tone and language.
Take Away Tips
- Edit your thank you letter thoroughly.
- Ask questions to the interviewer.
- Restate your best qualities.
- Be friendly but professional.