© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
A job interview thank you letter can be one of the secret weapons you use in your job search process. By simply taking the time and effort to write this quick letter of thanks to the people who interviewed you, you can set yourself apart from the average job seeker. However, to be as effective as possible, you should make sure that your job interview thank you letter is the best that it can be. These letters are not tricky to write, but there are a couple of things that you can do to make yours stand out. It helps if prepare ahead of writing the letter to make sure you can do it as well as possible. The first step is to quickly note as few details about each person you spoke to in your interview, along with some of what you talked about in the meeting.
You will use these jottings as part of your job interview thank you letter, to take it beyond the "thanks for your time" note that your competitors send. Using those notes as indicators of the interviewer's interests, you can spend a couple of moments going online and doing some research about the topics or subjects which the interviewer seemed to be the most interested in. Look for some recent news or trade articles which relate to those subjects or topics. If your job interview thank you letter is sent via email, cut and paste the links to those articles and put them into the body of the email, along with a note something like the following: "Thank you for your time yesterday. I really enjoyed talking to you about (blank). Here's an unconventional take on the subject which I thought you might find interesting."
A job interview thank you letter which includes a "gift" like this sets you apart from the crowd in a couple of ways. In the first place, it shows that you actually paid attention to the things you spoke to your interviewer about in the meeting. In the second place, it shows that you are interested in helping other people and are willing to take the time and energy to do so. In the third place, it shows a level of intellectual curiosity that motivates you to do research on your own when a topic interests you.
The addition of this kind of present in a job interview thank you letter does not, however, let you off the hook for the usual information in that letter. In addition to saying thanks for the time, you should end each letter with a sentence that says that you are even more interested in the position now, and that you really hope to be able to bring your skills and experience to the company. After sending this initial letter, it's a good idea to follow up every week or two until the position is filled. Often it takes months for a decision to be made, and you want to remain at the forefront of the mind of the target decision maker until a choice is made.
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