Our Alternative Staffing tip of the week is about taking a step back and doing something a little more traditional – writing a Thank You note after an interview. Unlike sending an email (or doing nothing at all), sending and/or receiving a hand written note is far from and in between. It brings a sense of nostalgia and just good old fashion respect. It does take a little more time, but it adds a new level of thoughtfulness that an email just won’t deliver.
First and foremost, sending a Thank You note after an interview is a great way to keep you on the mind of the potential employer. It lets the company that you interviewed with know how serious you are about the job. A note is also a good way to capitalize on the positive points in the interview and how you could be a great asset to the team. Note: Don’t say “I think” or “I feel” in your note; be confident and say “I know”. For example, “I know I will be a great asset to the team” vs. “I think I will be a great asset to the team”.
What should I say in a Thank You note?
Keep your note concise, friendly and thoughtful. Remember, this is not a formal proposal but a kind gesture. First, thank the employer for taking the time time to meet and interview you. Then recap on what happened during the interview – did you take a tour of the office; did you meet the other employees; did you go out for lunch/dinner – thank him/her for any of those things. Then you can capitalize on what you think went great in the interview and what you enjoyed learning during the interview.
Thank you note example
The following example is just the basic bones of your Thank You note. Be sure to add anything specific that you and the potential employer discussed or experienced during the interview.
Dear Mr. John Doe,
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me! It was so great to sit down with you and learn more about your company and considering me for ________ position. I know that I will be a great asset to your team under your leadership. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime.
Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
What should I write the Thank You note on?
To add an extra level of professionalism, write your Thank You note on a stationary or a nice black card. Choose something that you feel best represents who you are! Then there is nothing left but to seal it, stamp it and send it. Don’t know the address, just pop by the office and try a handy dandy hand deliver. A friendly reminder – be sure to spell check your note before you send it and especially spell the employers name right!