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Are Thank You Notes About Them or You?

Clarissa Jones,
Student Career Educator

If you have an interview coming up, then this is a must-read for you. This article discusses the best way to send post-interview thank you notes. We have previously been told to focus on ourselves when writing thank you notes, but it seems we might have forgotten something. We have forgotten that we are not thanking ourselves, but we are thanking the interviewer. Job search sites tell us to:

Reiterate your core strengths.” –Monster

Reiterate why you are the best person for the job.” –Business News Daily

Bring yourself back to mind for the interviewer.” –Forbes

Laura Riley shares some tips to write an effective and selfless thank you note. She suggests note taking during your interview to make a more personalized thank you note recounting specifics about you and the interviewer’s earlier discussion. Notes from the interview can also help to “make the match”. Riley describes this as explaining how you would integrate well with their current team, what you like about the interviewer’s leadership style, and why you would love to work for them.

Try to bring the focus back to the interviewer and the position. Mention what you like about the company, the interview, and make a connection with the interviewer.  Mention something you may have bonded over during the interview, or perhaps thank the interviewer for explaining a certain concept to you. Let them know that you have been thinking about some ideas for the company and would love to share them when you meet again.

Do you have more questions or want to practice before your big interview? Stop by and see us at Career and Professional Development in Moody 134.

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