The thank you letter after an interview is truly the tests of many managers. You would be surprised at how many hiring managers will immediately disqualify someone if they have not received a written thank you after the interview. Like it or not, thank you letter is a must. Whether it’s an informational interview or traditional job interview, a hand written or even a typed thank you letter via email will almost seal the deal if you are running neck with another candidate for the job. Why not take the opportunity to stand out from the competition by writing a thank you letter. Check out these five more reasons:
1. PROVES INTEREST
When you send a written thank you letter, you are displaying your interest in the opportunity. I recommend that you always state why you are interested, referencing something specifically discussed in the interview. When you do this, the manager will surely be impressed that the discussion stayed with you and that you understand what is needed for the job. If you do not send a thank you letter, this sends a flag to the manager that you are not truly interested in the opportunity. The manager will likely drop your resume in the bin and move forward with another more interested candidate.
2. CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS
Note that you are not the only candidate being interviewed for an open position. Writing a follow-up thank you letter allows you to build a relationship with the interviewer and develop rapport. By expressing your gratitude for the interview and recapping the highlights of the meeting, you revisit the reasons why you are the best fit for the position.
3. GIVES YOU ANOTHER CHANCE TO SELL YOUR STRENGTHS
While thank you letter expresses gratitude for the meeting, it also serves a much more strategic purpose. It provides an opportunity for the candidate to present his/her skills and accomplishments in another format and market the value she’ll add to the employer.
4. DEMONSTRATES PROFESSIONALISM
By sending a written thank you letter, you are showing to your potential future boss that you are a professional. This follow up thank you letter demonstrates that you have excellent follow up skills, which is imperative among professionals. When a hiring manager is considering candidates, one of the things in the back of the manager’s mind has to do with fact that you will be representing the company. Regardless of the position, each employee represents the company whether it’s through sales, customer service, invoicing, or answering phones and emails. A good hiring manager is looking for someone with professional follow up skills. The written thank you could be just what the hiring manager is looking for, to put the written offer into action.
5. INCREASES THE EMPLOYER’S COMFORT LEVEL IN YOUR CANDIDACY
A good strategy is to recap a part of the conversation where you and the interviewer shared similar views on a job-related topic. The thank you letter can also be a forum for demonstrating your consultative problem-solving skills. By addressing current issues the employer is facing and proposing solutions, you are contributing to the company’s success even before you are on board.