The first job starts with a thank you
A sincere and eloquent note of thanks will be remembered well past your initial interview. Thank you notes allow us to acknowledge our interviewer in a thoughtful and considerate way, as well as keeping yourself on their radar so-to-speak. Here are a few of Dempsey & Carroll’s tips to perfecting this skill.
- Send it immediately! A late thank you is a missed opportunity. It is important to send out your thank you within the days following your meeting. Anything longer will be seen as an after-thought.
- Set aside adequate time to think about what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it. If your note is rushed, it may come off as perfunctory or insincere.
- Make sure your handwriting is as good as it can be. Warm up by drawing loops on scratch paper or by writing a draft of your note. If your handwriting is difficult to read, it’s fine to print.
- Make a list of the things you want to mention or include. Was there an anecdote or funny story you want to reference? Were there certain topics from the interview that are worth mentioning?
- Express your gratitude in concise words. A good thank you note to your interviewer should not be too long, yet not so short it remains without context. Keep the tone similar to the energy of the interview.
- If possible, avoid leading with “Thank you for…” – your note will sound fresher and less formulaic if you start off with anything else. Try “Wonderful meeting you today, Ted” or “I could not have been happier to share my portfolio with you”
- Finish with a strong line, such as “I really appreciate your time this afternoon” or “I hope to work with you very soon.”
To write your notes, we recommend using Our #3 Classic Correspondence Card.