Thank-you letters are a type of formal farewells commonly used in professional settings to thank a potential employer. Not only are they seen as a professional courtesy but sending a thank-you letter is a wise job search move! Sending one to an interviewer shows that posses class and leaves them with a positive impression of you.
Do’s & Don’t’s
- DO be professional in addressing your potential employer.
When sending your thank-you letter, make sure to address the interviewer using the correct title. Use formal salutations and steer clear of using any slang or informal words.
- DON’T wait.
The optimum time to send your thank-you letter falls within a 24 hours of your interview. If you wait too long, the hiring decision could have already been made and your letter serves no purpose and will not make you stand out among other candidates.
- DO be brief.
In your letter, get straight to the point and don’t drag it on. You have already expressed why you are a good candidate for the job in the interview. Express gratitude for the interview’s time and interest in you and then proceed to close out your letter.
- DON’T forget to spellcheck.
Before sending your thank-you letter, like all documents, be sure to proofread it for any spelling or grammatical errors. Double check the spelling of your interviewers name.
- DO use the appropriate form of communication.
If you are unsure as to whether you should send a handwritten letter versus a typed one, then assess the industry you are in. If they are more conservative, type a thank-you letter. If the they are less formal, then a handwritten letter may be sufficient, however, be sure to use professional stationery. Sending a text to your potential employer is too informal and not an appropriate way to send a thank-you letter.
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