Over the past month we have touched numerous times on the importance of thank you letters. They are one of the most overlooked aspects of the job interview process, and the only task that can benefit your job interview chances after the interview is over.
Of course, to do that you need the thank you letter to be good. Write a bad one, and you may as well have sent a photo of you flipping off the company logo. So here is how to make your thank you letter great.
Super Awesome Thank You Letter Tips
- Ask Super Awesome Questions
Thank you letters should not be one sided. You are not sucking up with no expectation of a response. You have curiosity. You have interest. You should ask questions. Make them good questions.
- Recap Your Best/Missed Points
You’re allowed to tout yourself a little bit. Give a little bit of a recap about why you’re great. You can either mention the best points that you went over during the interview or add a few that you forgot.
- Thank Everyone By Name
You have a choice. You can send individual thank you letters (that should all be different) or address them all in the same letter, but it is helpful if you address each person by name and spell their names correctly.
- Subtly Recap a Few Things
You don’t want to put “I learned XYZ at the interview” because that’s lame person writing. Instead, you want to subtly sneak a few things you learned into the thank you letter.
- Be Extremely Professional
You’ve met them. You’ve created a rapport. Now it’s time to forget that rapport ever existed. You should write with the utmost professionalism. Imagine that the interviewer is showing the thank you letter to their superior. Write well. Use industry terms. Write professionally.
Look at Thank You Letter Examples
Like cover letters, thank you letters are expected to follow typical patterns. You want your thank you letter to stand out in content, but not in style. So the best thing you can do is to find excellent thank you letter examples online and use them as a way of understanding what makes an effective letter. Do that, and follow the advice above, and you will have an excellent thank you letter.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Check out thank you letter samples.
- Thank everyone by name.
- Don’t be afraid to make yourself sound amazing.
- Ask great questions.
- Advice on how to write a good think you letter from Monster