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Written By: Sandi MacCalla, Founder - LifeSkills Academy ~ 5/13/2024

Hidden Power of Thank-You Notes After Job Interviews

Amid a competitive recruitment process, my ultimate choice of a candidate often hinges on an unseen dimension: Connection. It’s not just qualifications. It’s also about shared interests, values, and communication style. My gut whispers, “I can work with this person.” Recall, that connection is a two-way street—a dance of give and take that transcends etiquette.

An effective thank-you note after an interview can enhance a lasting impression. Here are some tips to help you create a memorable and impactful connection.

  1. Promptness:
    1. Send a thank-you note promptly—ideally within 24 hours of the interview.
    2. This shows high interest and professionalism.

  2. BLOGPOST_ThankYouNotes05132024.jpgPersonalization:
    1. Avoid templates.
    2. Tailor your note to reflect specific details of the interview.
    3. Mention something unique that you discussed or learned during the conversation.

  3. Express Gratitude:
    1. Express honest gratitude for the opportunity to meet the interviewer to discuss the position.
    2. Thank them for their time and consideration.

  4. Be Specific:
    1. Highlight specific aspects of the interview that resonated with you. For example:
      • Mention a particular project or challenge discussed.
      • Express appreciation for insights shared by the interviewer.
      • Refer to any positive interactions or connections you felt.

  5. Reiterate Interest:
    1. Reaffirm your interest in the position and the company.
    2. Let them know that you are excited about the possibility of contributing to their team.

  6. Address Any Missed Points:
    1. If there were any points you didn’t cover during the interview, use the thank-you note to address them.
    2. Provide additional context or insights related to your qualifications.

  7. Professional Tone:
    1. Keep the tone professional and positive.
    2. Avoid overly casual language or excessive exclamation marks.

  8. Proofread:
    1. Before hitting send, proofread your note carefully. Typos or grammatical errors will detract from your message.

So, the next time you pen a thank-you note, recognize its hidden power. It’s not just about politeness. It’s about forging a bridge—one that can lead to meaningful professional relationships and career success.

“Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to
them in a way that increases your influence with them.”

~ John C. Maxwell

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