Yesterday someone forwarded me a blog titled “A Thank You Note That Cost Him The Job After The Final Interview”. With a title like that how could I not read it? I start reading and reading and reading and I feel like I’m in a movie that’s never going to get to the point. Finally, the thank you note. Nope, she never shares the actual note. I just wasted 3 minutes of my life I’ll never get back; it’s like a movie that drags on just enough to keep you in the theater and then ends just as bad as it started. Rrrggh.
What was her point? Spell check. He had so many spelling, and grammatical, errors that she couldn’t move forward with hiring him. He’d had his wife check all his communications previously but this time she was asleep when he arrived home from the out-of-town interview so he went it alone. The teamwork system he and his wife had was working for years; this was an internal promotion that he lost because he didn’t want to wake her up.
The #1 change in the job market from 2010 to 2011 has been interviewing. They’re happening in 2011! With interviewing comes thank you notes. Here’s a guide on the down and dirty of interview thank you notes for job seekers at all levels in today’s highly competitive market.
WHEN to send a thank you note: I recommend sending thank you notes within 24 hours of the interview.
WHO to send thank you notes to: Everyone you interviewed with, and any administrative assistants that provided travel, scheduling or support in the process. Yes, send one to each individual person; group thank you notes are a big no-no.
HOW to send the thank you note: In the day of email everyone wants me to stay email is okay so here you go “email is okay” for the first thank you note. If you want to be the top candidate and stand out from the crowd, I strongly recommend sending a handwritten thank you note. (yes, to everyone you interviewed with from the recruiter to hiring manager and the administrative assistant that scheduled your interviews)
WHAT to write in a thank you note: Keep the note brief, concise and clear. The message should be personalized to each individual recipient, thanking them for taking time to meet with you and expressing your interest in the position. Email notes: use spell check and take the extra time to read over your note twice. Avoid copying and pasting the same note to more than one recipient. Handwritten notes: use your best, most clear penmanship and include your personal business card.
A well executed thank you note strategy can land you in the Top 5% of candidates. This is an important part of today’s job search process and needs as much attention as your resume or interview.