Follow the Interview with a Thank-You Note
The thank-you note is a necessary tool for any job-hunting strategy. But should you send it email or snail mail, handwritten or typed? In this fast-paced computer age, the question baffles even the most sophisticated job hunters. Follow these guidelines to help you through the maze.
Email Thank-You Notes
If the company you interviewed with is formal and traditional, use snail mail to send your thank-you note.
Should it be handwritten or typed? Typed is the standard reply. Not only will you show that you are business-like, you'll also prove that you know how to put together the salutation, format a letter and sign off. Executives want to know that their administrative assistants know how to do this, since writing letters for your boss could be a big part of your job.
Handwritten notes are appropriate if you'd like to extend your thanks to others in the office who you felt helped you out. For example, if a receptionist, assistant, office manager or another person involved with the interviewing process was especially helpful -- say they took you to lunch or guided you from office to office during the interviewing process -- then a handwritten note is a nice gesture to show your appreciation.
What to Say
What you say and how you say it are even more important than the manner in which you send it. A standard thank-you note should accomplish several things:
- Thank the person for the opportunity to interview with the company.
- Recap some of the conversational highlights.
- Clarify any information you needed to check on for the interviewer.
- And most importantly, plug your skills. Use the last paragraph as a chance to state, "The job is a good fit for me because of XYZ and my past experience in XYZ."