Thank You Letters Aren't Enough!

Is it important to send a thank-you letter after an interview? Absolutely. Send a thank-you letter as soon as possible after an interview - either that day or the next day. It's common courtesy and an important part of your job search activity. We don't get that many personalized letters any more that are hand addressed.

Do not type the address on the envelope. Print it by hand. A personalized letter in an envelope with a handwritten address is more intriguing and special than an email.

But the letter is not enough. Follow it up about one week later with a phone call to the person who interviewed you and explain that you want to make sure he or she received your thank you note.

Why the phone call? This may seem redundant but your real purpose is to talk to the person who is probably involved in the hiring decision while your competition is still waiting to hear back from the company. Now you have the opportunity to strengthen the relationship with an interesting personal conversation. Or at the very least, a personal conversation.

You also have the opportunity to revisit an important issue from the interview or elaborate on a key point or skill you possess. Ask an insightful question about the position, the department, or perhaps a significant business development that has occurred in the industry.

If your research has uncovered some interesting information about the company, share it. And of course, if you are fortunate enough to have another job offer, this is an excellent time to let them know if this company is your first choice. This could expedite the decision making but only use this technique if you do have another offer.

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." - a serious book about dynamic job search strategies written in a light-hearted fashion.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great Info, rated up.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Timothy, for the visit and the kind comment and the "up." Appreciate it. If you ever have a tricky question about job search, just ask.

If I don't know the answer . . . I'll make one up. :)

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What a refreshing practice. Many don't consider this, I feel courtesies such as these would serve anyone well and hopefully they will consider such things as sending thank you letters after a job interview and then some... Peace :)

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, katie, for the visit and the approbation. It is evident that you appreciate and understand the necessity of going that extra courteous step when engaged in job search or any other business endeavor for that matter.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

LOL @ 'make one up'.... Great ideas.. but somehow, for me, I don't see Burger King manager's being too impressed with my Thank You note, I'd be lucky if they could read! Yeah, that is another story entirely!!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that's a story I'd like to read, susie. Is there a BK- manager-and-you story?

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

Oh yeah, there sure is.... It ends with 'and she was an idiot'...

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epigramman 6 years ago

....yes but this one is ...... lol lol

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you ......what a wonderful selection of hubs from one of my most seasoned favorite hubbers with the most unique poetic comments in the entire hub universe - and always a delight during my day/night when you come to visit .... I SINCERELY hope all is well with you - and wish only the best things in life for you !!!!!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Epi, m'luv - it's always a special treat for me when you come calling at one of my hubs. And all those thank yous - how appropriate for this hub. You clever devil, you.

All is outstanding with me and I wish the same for you!

J. Rocco 5 years ago

Great information. So glad you wrote this Hun. I will forward to my son who is currently seeking employment in Sweden.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Great idea, J. Is the employment situation in Sweden today as difficult as it is in the U.S.? Regardless, the best solution for finding employment is networking - finding someone somewhere who KNOWS someone who needs someone like you.

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