You’ve just had an interview with the organization of your dreams. You want this job! Now close the deal by crafting a compelling thank you note that highlights why you are the candidate of choice.
A thank you letter differentiates you and grabs the hiring manager’s attention. Some persuasive evidence of the impact of thank you letters has been collected from noted resources at Forbes, TheLadders and CareerBuilder:
“More than 75% of interviewers say receiving a thank-you note impacts their decision-making process” (source: TheLadders)
“Failure to follow-up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit.” (source: Forbes)
“More than one-in-five (22 percent) hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview.” (source: CareerBuilder)
Within 24 hours reinforce your candidacy by emailing a thank you letter to each of your interviewers. In your letter restate your strengths related to the position and your strong interest in working for their organization.
Sample Thank You Letter
To: (Interviewer’s Email)
RE: Analyst Interview
Mark, thank you for meeting with me to discuss your Financial Analyst vacancy and how my financial analysis experience within the biotech sector would be of value to your Corporate Finance division. I would like to reiterate how very interested I am in joining your team.
My six years’ experience working with Accent Biotech as well as my financial analysis and project management skills provide me with the ability to be a strong contributor to your Finance team. Additionally, my experience preparing Superior Biolab’s IPO will be of value as you explore alternative public financing and private placement funding.
Thank you again for your time and consideration of my qualifications for your Financial Analyst opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you about the possibility of joining Zionex.
Sincerely, Sue Maxwell
So if this is the job you really want, don’t leave it to chance. Seal the deal with a compelling thank you email. Use this note to restate your experience related to their needs and your track record of success. Lastly, ensure you convey you are passionately interested in joining their organization and would be a great fit to their team. Good luck!
Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional. She specializes in working with professional and executive clients to provide job search strategies and tools to help them advance their careers. Copyright JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.
Wishing you much career success!
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional