Thank You Note
1. By sending a thank-you note, you show your interviewer common courtesy and respect.
Unfortunately, in our busy and often impolite world, we simply don't acknowledge each other's time,
efforts and commitments. So in sending a thank-you note, you tell your interviewer in no uncertain
terms that you appreciate the time he has given you. After all, he had to give up part or all of the day to
be with you, and expend effort learning more about you and what you have to offer.
2. So few job applicants send thank-you notes that you automatically stand out if you do. It's shocking,
but the majority of job applicants fail to send thank-you notes after their interviews. Why? Who knows?
But the bottom line is that you wind up in a position to shine simply by putting forth the effort of
sending a note. Strange, but true.
3. A thank-you note gives you an opportunity to reiterate points you made during your interview. Have
you ever left an interview wishing you'd more strongly emphasized a certain skill or experience the
employer seemed to be looking for? A thank-you note gives you the chance to do just that. After using
the first paragraph of your note to thank your interviewer, you can use a brief second paragraph to
touch again upon the key points you made in your interview. You can also use a similar strategy to clean
up any interview rough spots you might have had -- i.e., to expand upon or clarify responses you felt
were weak or shaky.
4. A thank-you note lets you make points you forgot to make in your interview. Sometimes after an
interview, as you walk out to your car, you smack yourself on the forehead and say to yourself, "Why
didn't I talk about _____?" Frustrating? You bet. But you can take care of the problem to some degree in
your thank-you note. Again, perhaps in the second paragraph, you can say something to the effect of
"After our discussion, it occurred to me that I forgot to tell you about _________."
5. A thank-you note demonstrates your written communication skills. In receiving and reading your
thank-you notes, your interviewer will see firsthand how you handle yourself on paper. You'll be using
similar skills every day with the company's potential clients, customers and vendors -- so the interviewer
will be reading carefully to see how you come across in print.