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3 Tips for Writing Thank You Letters

AIU Career ServicesWhen you think of a job search, most of us think a solid, marketable resume will get a foot in the door and into an interview. Let's say that you've brushed up on your interviewing skills, have done all of your research on the company, and even have done a mock-interview with the Career Services department. You are able to confidently answer all questions that the interviewer throws at you. You walk out of the interview with your head held high knowing that you did the absolute best you can do. What's next?

Don't just sit around and wait to hear back. Get back to work and send a thank you letter right away. Even if you do not receive an offer for the position you interviewed for, it is important to leave a good impression on every person you interview with. You never know what other positions might open up with the company in the future.

Keep these three tips to keep in mind when writing your thank you letter:

Tailor your thank you letter towards each specific interview and position.

If your interview went fairly well, focus on your relevant skills and experience that make you a marketable candidate for the position. Although your thank you letter will generally maintain the same format, always tailor it towards each interview and position. Mention specific requirements of the position that were discussed, and reiterate your previous experience or knowledge in those areas.

Focus on your organizational skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills, and communication skills.

Try to focus on how you improved your company or department. Your thank you letter should help your interviewers remember who you are and exactly what you can bring to the table. Remind them why you are the best candidate for the position, and bring up examples that you mentioned in the interview.

Remember - even if you think you stumbled on a few interview questions, there is still hope.

Interviews don't always go perfectly, and sometimes employers may have objections such as lack of experience or you being overqualified. Now your thank you letter becomes a chance to change an interviewer's mind if he or she may have gotten the wrong impression. Reiterate the positives - the skills and any experience you do have that you will be able to utilize in the position. Try to address any objections they had and turn them around.

Regardless of the outcome of the interview, it is good to get in the habit of formally thanking your interviewer(s) for taking time out of their day to sit down and speak with you. Overall your thank you letter should restate the fact that you are very interested in the position and attracted to the company. It also inadvertently demonstrates your follow-up skills, which are important in any professional job. Sending a great thank you letter can set you apart from other well-qualified and marketable candidates.

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