Sending a thank you letter after an interview is very important. Writing one might be difficult, but preparing one is certainly ideal as a thank you letter is an extra sales piece that you can use to your advantage. You are selling yourself when applying for a job and a thank you letter after an interview sells you as a courteous person who knows that the interviewer provided them with something important and that is consideration and time.
The letter also allows you to say how much you are interested to become a part of the company and what you liked about them as well as why your skills can benefit them. You can also use the space provided by the letter to address or tie up anything that was left unsatisfactorily during the interview. A thank you letter also keeps your name in front of the interviewer or potential employer. You are more likely to be remembered by the hiring authority. Here are some tips on how to write a thank you letter after an interview.
Say your appreciation
Your first paragraph should talk about your appreciation for the time and opportunity given to you by the interviewer. Don’t forget to mention how you enjoyed the interview and why. Perhaps you liked their company philosophy or you were able to meet exceptional people. Maybe you can’t wait to contribute to their next big project due to your skills and experience. Choose something and mention it in the letter.
Mention what pleased you during the interview
The second paragraph should talk about what pleased you during the interview and why. For example, you might be pleased to find that the management style of the company matches your values and principles. Tell them why you find it exciting and elaborate. You can mention how it is related to something you have liked or did not like or experienced. Talk about a certain aspect of the job you find interesting and repeat why you would be good and successful at it. Don’t forget to mention how similar the job is to something you have done before or how long you have been doing it. The third paragraph can be something similar to the second paragraph if the second was quite short. You can address or clear up anything that needed clarification here.
Say your interest again
Wind things up in the fourth paragraph. Don’t forget to say your interest once again. Say you’d love to work for them. Just avoid starting each sentence with “I” because it is egoistical and a turn off. Remember that the process is about what benefit the company can get if they hire you.
Writing a thank you letter after an interview will be easy if you really want the job as it will contain real feelings and impressions. If you don’t write a thank letter, maybe you don’t really care if you are hired or not. The decision is yours to make. However, writing a thank you letter is indeed a wise move.