by Kathy Sweeney, NCRW, CPRW, CEIC, CCM
Statistics have been quoted that
only 1 in 300 people follow up with a Thank You Letter after
the interview! Only 1 in 300!!
Why is it important to follow
up and what benefits does it provide? More than anything,
a Thank You letter should let the interviewer know that you
believe their time is valuable. As a courtesy, you let them
know they are appreciated and at the same time have the opportunity
to "resell" your skills to the employer.
While it is best to type
the letter, a handwritten card or note will suffice. Reiterate
in the letter what makes you the person they should hire.
If there were any others that participated in the interview
process, be sure to thank them either separately, or include
them in a closing remark.
One very important point:
ALWAYS obtain the name of the person who interviewed you by
asking for a business card. This way, you ensure that you
always spell the name of the interviewer correctly. If circumstances
prohibit you from getting a card, remember the name and then
follow up with the receptionist later in the day to obtain
the correct spelling of the first and last name.
When should you send a thank
you letter? The same day that you have the interview!!! The
Hiring Manager is going to be making a quick decision. The
person they will most likely hire is the one who stands out
more in their mind. Be that person! If you would really like
to get your point across, send it Federal Express or UPS Next
Day Air. They will realize just how serious you are about
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