How To Respond With the Perfect “Thank You” Letter After an Interview
A professional thank you letter can greatly improve chances of consideration. These tips have been proven to be successful when given to San Diego recruiters.
Although many applicants are aware of how to impress the San Diego recruiters they are interviewed by, a proper thank you letter is often overlooked. Truth be told, following up your in person or virtual interview with a follow-up letter of thanks can be the deciding factor for consideration that will set you apart from the endless amount of other applicants they will be speaking with. Keep these tips in mind when you write your next thank you letter and see for yourself the difference it will have on your overall results.
Not only does a thank you letter express your expression of courtesy, but it builds upon the perception of professionalism as well. Make sure that you keep a professional tone throughout your letter, eliminating any mention of questioning your ability to fulfill the requirements the position has. Make no mention of any doubts whatsoever, whether it be in your abilities, or the company itself. Keeping everything positive within your letter can help establish a chance to resell yourself, according to an article published by Big Interview.
One of the most important things San Diego recruiters keep in mind is the timing of your letter arrival. Always make sure that you send your completed letter within 24 hours of having the interview. Don’t rush your writing though, for that may only serve to hurt you in the very end. Luckily, there are countless thank you letter templates available online for free that can make your life easier. Make sure though to insert an element of yourself into them where necessary. This keeps them authentic to you as well as to your interviewer.
The new standard for sending thank you letters through email. If you are familiar with sending professional emails already then this will come second nature to you. For those new to the professional world, keep this in mind. Firstly, make sure to include a proper subject within the email’s subject line. A good idea is to reference the position and the date in which you took an interview. Begin your email with a correct salutation, such as “Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms.,” followed by the interviewers last name. Make sure to spell their name correctly, for even the most minor misspelling can totally derail your chances for consideration and come off as insulting.
Start the body of the letter with your statement of thanks, while continuing on in a concise and focused manner. Try not to make your letter too drawn out, for chances are your interviewer has a lot of messages from other applicants to read as well. If it is too wordy, they may just dismiss the chance to read key points you include after the fluff you’ve inserted.
Make no mention of any assumptions you may have regarding whether you are hired or not. The whole point of the thank you letter is to show courteous thanks for considering you enough for an interview, not to find out if you are chosen or not. Asking such questions deems your thank you letter to be from an unauthentic place of self-serving motivation.
Close your letter with a brief recap of your intent to thank them. Even if you are mostly concerned about whether you have gotten the job or not, just think of this letter as a note of gratitude that acts as a reminder of your professional nature and desire to become part of their team. Finally, proofread your writing twice to be sure before sending off, for every impression counts in the professional realm.