Be honest, you hate sending thank you notes. You were probably forced to write them each holiday, birthday or graduation. They seem old fashioned. And that’s why sending a thank you note is still a good idea. Everything old is new again!
Why Thank You Notes Work
Forget the hate because sending a thank you note after your interview is a great way to stand out and show appreciation for their time and the interview. It shows that you follow up and gives a good impression.
Best Format for Thank you Notes
Handwritten card or email? Both work.
Email advantages include someone not having to decipher your bad handwriting and they’re faster. And they’ll be read normally the day they’re sent since most people check their email a couple of times a day.
If you decide to go the handwritten route; the extra effort can go a long way. However, snail mail can be your enemy so be sure to send your note within a day of the interview so it’s received within a few days.
How to make your Thank you Note stand out?
- Spelling and Grammar check – Quality is important and nothing ruins a great note like bad grammar and misspelled words. So be sure to spell check and proofread your work.
- Personalize It – be sure each note you send is individualized to the person and your encounter with them. If you’re sending an email, take the time to send an email to each person you interviewed with. Group emails are impersonal and lack impact.
- Remind them about your skills and experience – a well written sentence or two reminding them of your qualifications is a good idea.
- Overcome Objections – sometimes during the interview, the interviewer might bring up a potential issue, use the note answer the concern with a solution.
- If you forgot something – if you need to add to the information you discussed or if there was something you meant to tell them use the thank you note to briefly tell them the information.
Here’s a Sample Thank you note:
Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the Physician Assistant opening with your cardiology group.
I enjoyed our conversation and getting to know more about the practice. Our discussion and meeting the other providers reinforced why I am interested in the position.
I feel confident that my experience will help make me a valuable member to your team. If you have any questions or need anything else, please contact me.
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.
Best Regards, (or Sincerely)
Taking the time to write a well written thank you makes stand out and improves your chances for a job offer.
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