Want to Set Yourself Apart During the Job Interview? Write a Thank You Note
As we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday and reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for, an important and fitting step in the interview process is writing a thank you note to everyone that you interviewed with. This is perhaps one of the most commonly overlooked steps, but taking the time to write a concise thank you note can turn you from a potential hire into a definite hire.
Writing a thank you note is a simple step that has a big impact on your hiring potential. They are appropriate in any interview situation, and it is recommended that you send a separate and unique thank you to each person with whom you interview.
Thank you notes show that you are a professional, polite, and appreciate an interviewer’s time. A thank you note also provides the perfect opportunity to reiterate your desire to work for that particular company.
They can be sent either via email or handwritten and mailed, but if your handwriting is untidy, a printed note or an email is the best course of action.
Below is a sample thank you note:
Director, Human Resources
Innovative Engineer Concepts
1057 Ocean View Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 91676
Dear Mr. Frost,
Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the Process Engineer position. I enjoyed meeting with you to learn more about the opportunity and how I can best help your company.
Your interview convinced me of how compatible my background, interests, and skills are with the goals of Innovative Engineer Concepts. As we discussed, my undergraduate education and background as a Chief Engineer have prepared me to handle the challenges of the Process Engineer position. I am confident my work for you will bring tremendous results.
I am very excited at the prospect of becoming a member of your team. I realize your time is valuable, and I want to thank you again for taking time out to meet with me.
I look forward to our next meeting.
A well-written thank you letter can help the hiring manager determine if you move on to the next stage in the hiring process and ultimately receive an offer, so it is extremely important to take the time after an interview to write one! Visit our transition resources guide for more interview advice.
Here at Orion, we are honored to help you find your next career, and we are so thankful for opportunity to help make your transition from the military to civilian life easier. We wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!