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Writing Thank You Letters

Don't underestimate the power of a thank you letter. It might be the deciding factor in your favor, especially when there are other candidates with your qualifications applying for the same job.

About Writing Thank You Letters

Immediately after a round of interviews, always write and send a thank you letter to each of your interviewers by fax, mail or email.

By email is the quickest way to get thank you letters in front of interviewers, and is perfectly acceptable these days.

But avoid using cutesy Internet stuff, like emoticons (e.g., happy faces), shorthand and acronyms (e.g., u for you and TIA for thanks in advance).

Regardless of how you send your thank you letters, follow professional business letter standards (see the samples on the next page).

Near the end of your interviews, ask each interviewer for his or her contact information and correct name spelling or just ask for a business card.

Most interviewers expect you to write thank you letters. It's also an effective interviewing strategy. For example, writing thank you letters:

  • Shows that you are courteous, knowledgeable and professional
  • Demonstrates your written communication skills
  • Helps to make you stand out in the minds of the interviewers
  • Elevates you above competing candidates who didn't bother to write thank you letters
  • Gives you an opportunity to reinforce your good points
  • Allows you to include something important you forgot to mention during your interview
  • Confirms your understanding of topics discussed and helps to avoid misunderstandings

Next Page > Download a Sample Thank You Letter
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