Jim spent hours preparing for his interview. He researched the company, practiced his answers for anticipated questions and made sure he dressed appropriately. The interview went well, but then Jim blew it. He never sent a follow-up thank you letter. Jim is not alone, according to iCIMS’ Class of 2018 Jobs Outlook, only “a quarter of entry-level job applicants typically sent a thank-you note after completing a job interview.”
Michael Ellen Matthews, a recruiter in the healthcare industry, recently wrote on LinkedIn, “As a recruiter, I have received exactly one hand-written thank you card from a candidate. I occasionally receive thank you notes by e-mail. Most of the time, there is no written thank you, something that has always puzzled me. The thank you isn't really for the recruiter--although it's always nice to hear--it's for the candidate. The thank you note is an opportunity to stand out, demonstrate follow-up skills, and add to conversations started in the interview.”
Taking the time to write a thank you letter or note right after your interview is essential; many employers eliminate candidates who do not take this important step. Aim to send your thank you letter the same day as your interview so the employer will have it in hand the following day. (For maximum impact, do not wait more than 24 hours after an interview to send your letter.)
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