A thank you card is a critical component in not only showing a Hiring Manager that you appreciate the time they took interviewing you, but also that you are excited about the prospects of working for their company. In fact, a recent study showed that 75 percent of interviewers said that receiving a thank-you letter from a candidate does play a factor in their hiring decisions. When it comes to getting the maximum impact out of your post-interview thank you cards, here are four things you need to know.
Address a Thank You Card to Each Person Who Interviewed You
The point of leaving a thank you card after an interview is to thank the people who interviewed you for taking time out of their busy day to meet with you. With this in mind, stay away from the highly-impersonal “Hiring Manager” and address the card to those you met. Ask who you will be interviewing with when you are setting up the interview. Most companies will gladly share the name of the interviewers.
In The Card, Reference Your Excitement at the Prospect of Working with the Company
Your thank you card is a perfect opportunity to remind a hiring manager that you are excited about the prospect of working with their company. In one or two sentences, highlight how well you will fit into the company culture, and what you can add to the team. Let them see that this isn’t just another job opportunity to you, but something that you really want.
Make It Known That You Are Looking Forward to the Next Step
Hiring managers wants to see candidates who are passionate about getting a job. With this in mind, sharing that you are already looking forward to the next step in the process is a great reminder that you are confident you are right for the position. Simply end your note by saying that you are looking forward to the next time you will speak. While you don’t want to seem pushy, a little bit of confidence in yourself is always a good thing to show.
If Possible, Leave the Note with the Receptionist Before You Leave
You want to be fresh in the memory of the Hiring Manager when they read your thank you card, so leaving it with the receptionist as you leave the building is always a good idea. While there may be circumstances such as phone interviews or off-site interviews where you may have to send the card via mail, if you are able to immediately drop off the card with the receptionist, have the card written before you go to the meeting so the hiring manager can see it ASAP, but be sure to leave a little room to reference something from your interview to better personalize it.