How A Small Gesture Can Make A Big Difference

The other day I received a thoughtful, well written note thanking me for the time I spent with a potential new employee.  It is still on my desk as a reminder for me on how little gestures can make a big impact.  I wanted to share some insights on what’s important to include in a post interview thank you.

  • Whether it’s a hand written note or an email doesn’t matter as long as the content is sincere and pertinent to your conversation.  Send the communication the day after the interview; as more days pass so passes the value of a quick follow up.  Everyone has a busy schedule, so acknowledging the time the interviewer spent with you is a good place to start.
  • Referencing new information you learned on the organization/team dynamics will illustrate your enthusiasm for the position.  Be sure to relay your excitement about the opportunity and how you believe you will fit within the team.  If you haven’t already given your references to the interviewer, the follow up email is a great time to do so.  Relay your availability and direct contact information should the interview team have any questions or need additional information.
  • Thank you notes should display professionalism, good etiquette and gratitude.  Closing sentences should include your gratitude for consideration and eagerness to make a difference for the organization.
  • Finally, remember your thank you correspondence can be one last impression that will hopefully help you stand out against many other talented individuals.
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