You've heard it time and again, a post-interview thank you note can set you apart from other candidates in the interview process. Interviewers often claim that the follow up can almost be as important than the interview.
Here are three things to avoid when writing your note:
1. Being Late. Just as it is important to be on time (or early) for an interview, it is important to send your handwritten thank you note the day of your interview. This shows that you are respectful, thoughtful, and that you really want the position.
2. Being Careless. Mistakes are often made when people rush. Write neatly and take a minute to review your note to check for spelling or grammar errors.
3. Making it About You. This is a note to your reader. Your reader enjoys hearing nice thoughts about themselves. Make it personal while showing that you are action-oriented and interested in assisting them in situations that are important to them. For example, "It was nice to have met with you today. I really enjoyed speaking with you about your views on _________. I can see that your firm has been very successful in _______ and I'm eager to brainstorm with you more about how ________ can affect your firm in a positive way as that has been a key focus during my career." (Fill in the blanks)
Take your time and compose a well-written, personal note. Then send it as soon as possible.
Levitt & Associates, Inc.