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6 Triggers of Successful Interview Thank-You Letters


If you wish to increase the odds of landing that dream job then writing a post-interview thank-you letter is a must.

In fact, survey after survey reveals top employers positively expect to receive a thank-you letter, and not providing one could reduce your odds of landing the job you seek.

Writing a heartfelt thank-you letter will take you well under an hour, so there really is no excuse for not making the effort.

In this post we outline 6 psychological triggers that must be present in all successful thank-you letters.

What to include in a thank-you letter

Principally, the name 'thank-you letter' is a misnomer.

We're really talking about a sales letter.

Therefore, your thank-you letter must highlight relevant skills and experience the employer seeks.

Now you've completed the interview, you should have a far better understanding of what skills and experiences the employer values and seeks for the role you have applied for.

Thus, the thank-you letter provides you with an opportunity to highlight skills and experiences you failed to mention during the interview.

The 6 triggers of a successful thank-you letter

Here I lay out the six triggers present in all effective thank-you letters.

Each of these triggers are included in the below templated thank-you letters I have provided.

However, if you choose to write your own thank-you letter, please ensure each of these elements are included.

Without further ado, here’s the six triggers of successful thank-you letters:

1.   Thank the interviewer for his or her time – remember the saying ‘time is money’!

2.   Thank their staff for making you feel comfortable – this shows you’re a team player

3.   Show appreciation to the point of stroking the interviewers' ego

4.   Re-state skills and experiences the interviewer seeks

5.   State skills and experiences you failed to mention in the interview

6.   Ask for action - include your email address and telephone number toward the end of the letter - this allows the interviewer to call you on the spot to offer you the job

Sample thank-you letter

Below, we've included three sample thank-you letters you may adopted to your own circumstances.

Each sample thank-you letter employs the 6 elements outlined above.

Please do not simply copy and paste the below example thank-you letters.

Instead, read the below examples carefully and tailor them to your precise circumstances.

To do otherwise could well do more harm than good!

And you should always prefer to mail your thank-you letter rather than simply sending an email. Most candidates will email their thank-you letter, so sending yours through the mail really sets you apart from the pack!

Lastly, ensure you send your thank-you letter as soon as the interview concludes, or at least within the initial 24 hours following from the conclusion of the interview. The timing of when your thank-you letter is sent arguably is even more important than its content.

Sample thank-you letter 1: General

Dear Mr/Ms. Last Name,

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you today about [insert role name] at [insert company name].

The role on offer is a perfect match for my particular experiences and skills.

Furthermore, [state their approach to doing things] really matches up to my own way of working.

I found the entire experience so kind and accommodating.

Please let your staff members know how comfortable they made me feel throughout this time.

In addition to my strong work ethic, I also bring to the position a number of well-earned soft-skills such as determination, excellent writing and arithmetic skills, outstanding team working skills and an enthusiastic attitude.

My [state your background] helps me with [insert task you will do] and [another task you will do].

I really appreciate the time you invested to interview me.

I am seriously interested in accepting the post on offer, and I sincerely look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Please email me at [insert email if sending a letter] to or call me on [insert number] today and we can move things forward.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Sample thank-you letter 2: Short and sweet and conveying appreciation

Dear Mr/Ms. Last Name,

I am writing to pass on my sincere appreciation for you investing the time to interview me today.

I found the entire experience so kind and accommodating.

Please let your staff members know how comfortable they made me feel throughout this time.

I particularly value the information and advice you gave me during the interview.

Again, I deeply appreciate your time and it goes without saying that I am seriously interested in accepting the post.

I sincerely look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Please email me at [insert email if sending a letter] to or call me on [insert number] today and we can move things forward.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Sample thank-you letter 3: Pure ego play

Dear Mr/Ms. Last Name,

It was a sincere pleasure talking to you today regarding the [insert position name].

It was truly an honour to have received professional guidance from somebody as esteemed as yourself in our profession/industry, something I would like to personally thank you for.

I sincerely enjoyed learning more about you and the company you work for.

I found the entire experience so kind and accommodating.

Please let your staff members know how comfortable they made me feel throughout this time.

I believe it will be a true joy to work in your company.

After finally meeting you in person and meeting some of the team, I would be ecstatic to start working for [insert company name].

I know you are eager to fill the role and I would be willing to start at the earliest convenience.

Please email me at [insert email if sending a letter] to or call me on [insert number] today and we can move things forward.

Again, I thank you for your time for interviewing me and I sincerely look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

 

Paul | Tue 12th Apr 2016

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