Sending effective interview thank you letters is a key reason why some candidates get selected over others. Read on to find out how to create such a follow up note. For even more details on thank you letters, review the page at the foregoing link.
Before you can send effective interview thank you letters, you need to ask them a couple of questions at the job interview itself. Ask something like, ‘In what time-frame do you expect to make a decision?’
You’ll find out whether you need to wait days or for weeks. Next, ask them ‘What’s the next step?’ Is it another round of interviews, meeting with human resources, etc?
Immediately after the interview gets over, your job is to analyze key aspects of the interview. How? Ask yourself a series of questions. The following questions are the foundation for effective interview thank you letters.
- What immediate need is the company trying to meet with this position?
- What other needs of the organization came out during the meeting?
- Where is the organization likely to focus its energies over the next year or two? Where are the areas of growth and expansion?
- What kind skills, knowledge are they looking for to do this job?
- What kind of person do they want?
- Which of my strengths were of the most interest to the interviewer?
- Did the interviewer express any concerns about my knowledge / skills / personal suitability? What were they?
- Which of my specific contributions in my current / past jobs would be of interest to them?
- What professional interests does the interviewer/s have? Do I know anything about their personal interests?
- What is their time-frame for making a decision?
- If I were to rate my performance at this interview, on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is extremely poor performance and 10 is the best possible performance, what would the rating be?
This can be a short and snappy analysis. Use bullet point answers. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to write truly effective interview letters. See this article on interview follow up for even more information.