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By Audrey Korir

Writing a thank you letter after an interview is not that complicated, but can mean the difference between getting the job or not.

It shows a great sense of professionalism and gives you a unique edge over candidates who are competing for the same job you were interviewed for.

Thank you letters after a job interview need to include certain points, confirmations and the crucial thank you sentence.  You need to get it right, but you may ask, “How hard is it to say thank you?”

These quick interview thank you letter tips will help you polish your note and prove to the employer that you are the right candidate.

Say Thank You

The most crucial part of the letter is often the most overlooked. Employers say they want to see the words “thank you” in the letter. Say thank you. Don’t just beat around the bush about it. Your post-interview thank you note should tell the employer why their time invested was well worth it. They interview hundreds of candidates each year. Let them know why you are different.

Here is a great example:

Thank you for taking the opportunity to meet with me and considering me as a potential candidate for the position. I know selecting the right person takes time and effort.  As a professional market analyst I have over 15 years of experience in market analysis and I am confident that I can…………..”

Show Enthusiasm

Employers want to see happy and excited candidates. They want to hire people who are committed to the job and not just in it for the pay checks.   Tell the employer you are interested in the position even though you had mentioned it in your cover letter or during the interview, reiterate it in the thank you letter.  For example; “Thank you for this opportunity. I am excited about this position because……….”

Show that you are the perfect fit

Along those same lines, employers want to be excited about you. Give them a reason to believe that you’re a perfect match for the position. Employers choose candidates based on their alignment with the company. Skills, experience and values all come into play. Go through the job description and choose the two most important traits the company looks for in an applicant. Compare those traits to items in your CV and connect them.

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Mention any parts you forgot

Ever found yourself lamenting after an interview for forgetting to say something important? Your thank you letter gives you the chance to do it.

Show that you were paying attention

Use this time to show that you were paying attention to. Instead, show that you know a little about the company. Employers will often volunteer certain talking points about the company during the interview. Listen to these points and reiterate them in your thank you letter.

Use correct spelling and grammar

Your interview thank you letter should be free of this terrible mistake. One of the fastest ways to disappoint an employer is bad spelling and grammar.  It shows that you don’t care and aren’t willing to take the time to ensure mistakes are avoided. After writing the letter, check it using your computer’s proofreader. Next, read the letter out loud to catch any mistakes that may have been missed.

Takeaways,

Writing a thank-you letter after your interview is more than just simply saying thank you. There are several points to reiterate, items to expand upon, information to clarify, and a thank you or two to say.

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