A job interview can be quite nerve-wracking but it is a necessary process for any form of employment. The key to a good interview is to leave a lasting good impression. This means being polite, articulate and being confident. But there’s also another way that you can stand out in an interview is by practicing a vanishing art — and that’s writing a thank you letter.
Here are some tips you can follow if you want to write a thank you letter for your interview:
• First, you need to determine how you’re going to send your thank you letter. Are you going to email it or send it through snail mail? There’s really no right or wrong decision here. It’s entirely up to you. But looking at the sector in which the company you were interviewed belongs can help you make your decision. For example, if the company is a part of the IT sector then it may be better to send it through email.
• If you’re going to send the letter through snail mail then you have to write a heading in your letter. Be sure to get the correct spelling of the person you will address the letter to. The same goes for his designation (make sure it is correct and properly spelled).
• The salutation is another important part of the letter. The usual greeting starts with ‘Dear.’ There may be some people who may encourage you to try different salutations but in this regard, err on the side of caution and just use the widely accepted salutation.
• It’s now time to write the body of the letter. You can express what you want in this part of the letter. Make sure that you are eloquent enough when writing your message and all the words are spelled correctly. The usual content of the thank you letter will consist of you expressing your gratitude for the opportunity, mention some things about the company that you are interested in as a form of compliment. You can also briefly recap your interview, stressing some points you think needs a little emphasis. Don’t forget to sell yourself as well, mention your skills once again and your qualifications and why you think you are the right candidate for the job.
• Finally, you should write a complimentary close and end it with your signature. ‘Sincerely’ and ‘Respectfully’ are popular ways of ending a letter.
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