Why Write a Thank-You Note after an Interview?
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Most often job seekers do not follow-up after appearing for an interview; keep aside writing a thank you note. But in today’s competitive job market, writing a proper thank-you note can help you win the job. Read on to know more.

Imagine a situation: You just appeared for an interview for your dream employer. Your interview went so well that you walked out with more confidence than you had entered! You are sure that they would get back to you with an offer. Sadly things do not happen as you thought. You probably missed out on something that could have helped you – following up with a thank you note!

In today’s tough job market, sending a thank you note, post interview can have huge difference – it can help either help you in landing with the job or you stand being completely overlooked. Yet, nearly, most employers do not indulge in this activity. Wendy Enelow, founder and President of Career Thought Leaders, says a thank you note is “….not elective, it’s mandatory; "It instantly gives you a competitive distinction to everyone else they're interviewing." However, a generalized thank you note will not really help. If you want to stand out of the crowd, you need to consider incorporating certain particular elements that will definitely work out. Observe the following:

  1. Reinforce your skills, experiences and all your accomplishments: Even though, you have shared all the above, during the interview, at times not everything is noted down or heard very carefully. It is better that you give very specific examples that remind the hiring manager why would you be a good choice for the position. This will help the hiring authorities recognize and it will also allow you to distinguish your skill from the fierce competition. However, understand that you should avoid mentioning anything unrelated to the job. If you are interviewing for a corporate communications job, talk about your earlier experience in the same field or related fields such as Public Relations.
  2. Ensure that you Supplement Your Interview Answers: Understand that the thank you note is an opportunity to expand on the interview that you appeared for. Relate all the information that you had written on your resume. You may add some additional information also that you want the organization to know about you. On introspecting, if you feel that you have not answered a question properly during the interview,you may consider elaborating on it. But, do not over-do it. Stick to the point.
  3. Dismiss any Kind of Objections: Did a situation like this ever arise during the interview – an objection was brought up by the interviewer, or you were able to sense a kind on disquiet – you must address such potential issues right away in order to dispel any kind of skepticism. May be you have worked as an editor for four long years and are aware of various editorial tools; you are not familiar with editorial process. In that case do express your eagerness to learn and the ability to adapt to new processes. This will offer you a chance to overcome any kind of doubt in the mind of the employer that you are the right candidate for the position.
  4. Have an Idea? Share it with √Član: If you have done something challenging in your past career and that relates with the profile you applied for, do share it. More so, how would you overcome a challenge that might arise in the organization you have applied for; this will prove that you have an understanding of the goals of your prospective employer and they can immediately consider you to get you on board. Making such as effort, can help an employer think. He might think in these lines – this candidate is genuinely interested in the opening and definitely has good ideas clubbed with problem solving skills. A straightforward approach is definitely appreciable.
  5. Being Proactive Helps: End your thank you note by expressing an interest that you are still very keen on joining them and can fully justify the position that you have applied for. If possible include an action. You may state that, while you understand that they are considering other candidates, you will still followup in three weeks’ time because you are still interested in this opportunity.

Thank-You Notes Still Hold Significance
With the job market becoming more competitive with each passing day, following up after an interview is definitely appreciated. Experts opine that, failure to follow up can be one of the many reasons for rejection of a candidature who otherwise could have been a good choice. However, how you follow up after appearing for an interview is quite significant. While the method of following up depends a lot on the culture of the organization, the activity matters to a great extent – whether in the form of a thank you note, or otherwise. Mostly, either hand written or emailed thank you letters is appreciated.

However, since the hand-written once is a way too traditional – in the current scenario a thank you note over email is appreciated. Here’s a snapshot of the points that you need to include in a thank you note:

  • Name of the Hiring Manager
  • Title of the Position you applied for
  • Something specific about the interview
  • Important points discussed
  • Your interest in the opening
  • Your recognition and appreciation for their time
  • Your contact details

The Final Words
No matter what, while thank you notes are always appreciated, chose the content very carefully. Always use a passive and a polite tone.

Author Bio;
Sampurna Majumder is a professional writer who enjoys creativity and challenges. Barely a year into new media, she has written several posts, articles and blogs for prominent websites covering a wide range of topics—from real estate to education; from jobs to relationships. The above post throws light on the importance of a thank-you note

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