President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
You just wrapped up an interview, which you feel went really well. However, you’re unsure if you left a strong enough impression. Well, you still have a chance to do so by writing a thank letter. With a thank you letter, you can reemphasize why you are the perfect pick for the job. Also, it shows the interviewer that you have common courtesy and respect for conventions.
Most importantly, you’ll leave a long-lasting impression on the interviewer with a properly written thank you letter. Here are some helpful guidelines to follow.
Handwritten or Electronic?
Although handwritten thank you notes are still commonplace and not yet a thing of the past, they are not the best choice as a follow up to an interview. You do not want to risk going up against the poor timing of snail mail, as time is of the essence during the interview process. In the time that it takes you to prepare the note, mail it and have the interviewer receive it, he or she would have already made a decision. Therefore, a well-written email would suffice, as most people check their email at least once a day nowadays, especially their business email.
In general, people appreciate things that have a personal touch to them. Personalizing a thank you letter is one of the best ways to make sure you stand out to the interviewer. Highlight something specific that was discussed during the interview; something that you know is going to ignite memory of your meeting. Moreover, make sure to keep to a formal greeting. Just because you feel like you nailed the interview doesn’t mean that you are now on familiar terms with the interviewer. Keep it professional.
What to include?
Aside from expressing appreciation to the interviewer for taking precious time out of his or her day to meet with you, a thank you letter serves as your platform to strengthen up any points you feel came across a bit weak. It also gives you an opportunity to mitigate any doubts you feel the interviewer may have on your qualifications. Don’t repeat what’s already on your resume, as it is a waste of time. Rather, as concise as possible, express why you are the best suited candidate for the role. Make it known that, through your conversation, you truly understand the needs of the company and the requirements of the position and are enthused to become an integral part of the business.
In all, receiving a thank you letter plays a vital role in a hiring manager’s decision making. Thus, sending one right after an interview can very well be a deciding factor on whether or not you land the job. Even if you are no longer interested in the opportunity after the interview, it is a wise decision to send one to make a good impression, as you never know who may share your name.
If you have any questions about resume, cover letter and thank you letter writing, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.