Don’t underestimate the importance of this follow-up note. I attended a round table of HR professionals in the fall. One of their big tips: no matter how well the interview went, they won’t remember you if you don’t follow up. It’s a simple common courtesy that goes a long way.
In a recent US News and World Report post, Ritika Trikha gathered information from career professionals and compiled a list of seven goofs that will mess up your thank you note.
Here are four of Trikha’s tips. Avoid these when writing a thank you note!
Start with ‘Hey’
In the job search, it’s a rule of thumb to be too professional instead of too casual. Even if the department is casual, you want to remain professional at all times throughout the hiring process.
Address Multiple People
If you interviewed with more than one person, send individualized emails. You should customize your emails so that the person remembers your conversation and therefore remembers you.
Write an Essay
These professionals do not have time to read the novel you write as a thank you. Be concise and get to the point quickly. You want to let them know you care, not waste their time.
Use a Generic Template
It’s a great idea to jot down notes immediately after an interview. The more specific you can be in a follow-up note, the better. It will show that you pay attention and that you are a good listener. It also will tell the interviewer or whoever you spoke to that you enjoyed the conversation and that it meant something to you. You can also take this as an opportunity to (briefly) remind them of what skills you have that make you a perfect fit for the job
Read the rest of the tips and Trikha’s entire post here.
Do you have any additional thank you note tips?
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About the Author: Dana Schwartz is a senior studying public relations and management at Syracuse University. She has previous internship experience with a small New York City public relations firm, as a communications intern for the Special Olympics in London, and in healthcare marketing. She is looking forward to starting a career in public relations upon her graduation in May. Follow Dana on Twitter!