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Monday, April 18, 2005

 

Interview Thank You Letters

It is often reported that in a world of email, instant messaging, and hand-held blackberries, letter writing is a dying art. The good news is that writing a brief, personal letter is unusual enough that it stands out and frequently produces a very favorable response.

Plan on writing a short thank you note after every interview. Obtain a business card to be sure that you have the correct name spelling and title. Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to meet with them. If you feel capable of highlighting the areas discussed and how that meshes with your skills and experience, go ahead. The important thing is: don't let your fear of not sending the "perfect" letter stop you from sending it! An immediate, personal "thank you" is far more effective than a late-arriving, over-written, template-based recitation of skills.

And while you're jotting off that letter to the employer, write another one to any of your contacts who were nice enough to steer you in the right direction.

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