Be honest, you hate sending thank you notes. They’re old fashioned and seem time consuming. And then there’s our mother who made us write them each holiday, birthday or graduation.
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.
Handwritten letter or card or email? Both work. Email advantages include someone not having to decipher your bad handwriting and they’re faster.
If you decide to go the handwritten route; the extra effort can go a long way. Though remember to send handwritten notes the day you had the interview so they receive it within a day or two.
How to make your letter a stand out?
- Spelling and Grammar check – 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 a bit impersonal.
- 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 get them your thoughts.
Here’s a Sample Thank you note:
I wanted to thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the Physician Assistant opening with the cardiology group.
I enjoyed our conversation and getting to know more about the practice. After our discussion and meeting the other providers, I feel the position is a great fit. My recent experience with (note some of your skills, duties) are a perfect match for the practice.
I am very excited about this position and feel confident that I will be 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)