You just walked out of the best interview in your life. As you are floating on air to the T, you think to yourself "I know I landed that job." Or so you thought. Despite the fact that your interview went so well, your lack of follow-up lost you the opportunity. Clearly, this is a hypothetical situation, but it can happen to anyone. Once the in-person interview is over, your skills continue to be evaluated. Failure to follow-up can play a large factor in the hiring manager's final decision.
You can find thank you note samples all over the internet, but we believe the following points are extremely important when crafting a you-got-the-job-offer thank you note.
Say the Words
"Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the ______________ position."
Express Sincere Interest
Do you want the position? Let the recipient know. "I remain keenly interested and feel as though I make an excellent candidate for the role."
Make It Personal-Not TOO Personal
Think of something clever to say related to something the interviewer said. For example, "I enjoyed hearing about your recent successes in the quarterly marketing project your team just completed."
Reiterate Your Strengths
Help them remember why they want to hire you. "Given my ten years of experience working as an Executive Assistant, I am confident in my abilities to seamlessly coordinate and manage calendars, travel, meetings and conferences."
Clarify Unresolved Points
If there was a time during the interview where you felt stumped or didn't answer a question the way you would have liked, this is your chance to clarify. It is important to have a smooth transition prior to a clarification. "During the interview, you mentioned there is a heavy amount of paperwork for the person in this role to do. I believe there is no task too big or too small, and I pride myself on my
bility to handle many varying tasks at once."
This is your last chance to offer clarification, express interest, and say the magic two words one more time. "If there is anything I can further clarify for you, please let me know. I am very interested in this opportunity and look forward to hearing about the next steps. Again, thank you for
your time and consideration."
The importance of proofreading cannot be emphasized enough. Time after time, opportunities are lost because of poor spelling, improper usage of words, grammatical mistakes, etc. It is not because the interviewer is thinking, "I cannot believe they wrote the instead of they. How dare they!" Most likely, they are thinking about your attention to detail and your ability to properly construct a letter or email. If you are going to be representing their company, they want you to do so with the highest esteem. Attention to detail is of the utmost importance in the workplace.
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