When Should I Send a Post-Interview Thank You Letter & What Should I Include?

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You spent days crafting the perfect resume and cover letter. Now, do you really need to invest the time in sending a thank you note after your interview?

The short answer is: Yes.

In fact, sending one can be the determining factor in whether or not you get the job. It’s another opportunity to persuade the hiring manager that you’re the best fit. Not only that, but it’s also another shot to stand out among other candidates who don’t send one.

So what should you say in yours and how should you send it? Here are some tips:

Keep it short.

You don’t need to write a long letter that lists out all your key strengths and abilities. Instead, simply focus on one area in your background that seemed especially important for the hiring manager. Also, if there was something to note about your abilities that you forgot to bring up during the interview, now’s the time to discuss it.

Keep it light and friendly.

Make sure you thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview with the company. Also, if you didn’t already communicate it to them, briefly explain why you’d love the chance to work there. Keep the tone conversational and friendly in nature.

Address any areas of concern.

If there were any areas of concern or interview questions you felt you could have answered better, address them in your cover letter. Give the hiring manager the detail they need to have total peace of mind about hiring you.

Submit it quickly.

Don’t wait to send in your thank you note. You want to get it into the hands of the hiring manager before they make a decision. So submit it as quickly as possible, which typically means sending an email. If, however, the company is traditional with a more formal culture, you might want to consider sending it in via regular mail.

When it comes to the hiring process, managers see so many candidates that it can be difficult to keep them straight. However, a thank you note is another way you can set yourself apart from other candidates vying for the same position as you.

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