5 Tips to Writing a Thank You Letter

5 Tips to Writing a Thank You Letter

You have nailed the hardest part, the interview and now you need to make sure that you leave a lasting impression. Writing a thank you letter to your interviewer thanking them for their opportunity could possibly put you ahead of an equal candidate that they are also considering. You want to make sure that your thank you stands out post interview and here is how you can do that:
    1. Handwritten: The most personal and memorable thank you letter is always handwritten. Once your interview finishes, handwrite an addressed thank you to your interviewer. Make sure that your handwriting is clear and easy to read. There are rare cases in when to type a thank you email, for example it’s an out of state interview and you are worried on the thank you timing and delivery.
    2. Timing: The sooner you get them your thank you letter, the better. In some cases it may best to have the letter written and addressed before the interview and after you finish just fill the name of the interviewer and add any personal touches to it. Once your interview is over, get straight home and stick the card in the mail. If you are worried about the mail, feel free to run a letter by the office and hand to the receptionist to pass it on to your interviewer.
    3. Review: Before you send the thank you letter out, be sure that you review and edit your letter to avoid any embarrassing misspellings. Have another person review the letter and check for any mistakes. This could make or break you. Be sure that this thank you letter is well written.
    4. Remind: In most cases most interviewers, interview more than one job candidate. To insure that they remember you, mention something in your letter to remind them of who you are. A little refresher like, ‘I think my degree in XXXX from XXXX will benefit your company…’ or add a more personal touch like ‘I’ll be sure to catch that football game you mentioned’. During your interview take mental notes of personal conversation or topics to touch on later in your thank you letter. Remember there is a fine line of being too personal and professional, tread lightly.
    5. Be confident: Keep your letter short and to the point and don’t forget to thank them for their time. The purpose of this thank you letter is to show them that you were listening and that you are looking forward to working for them. End your letter with a closing sentence like: ‘I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, XXXX’. Be confident that you are a great match for the position.
Find a simple stationary-like ‘thank you’ card and write a short and to the point thank you card. Watch your mistakes and be confident by reminding them of who you are. Let a friend take a look at your letter and then get it in the mail as soon as possible! Good luck!