Interview thank you note tips

When you go on a job interview, it is absolutely essential that you send a thank you note to the potential employer. This is usually a simple handwritten note of thanks for them taking the time to interview you and consider you for the position. It is also an opportunity for the employer to see your name again, and that is always a good thing. Here are several tips for interview thank you notes that you can use the next time you apply for a job.

First and foremost, it is important that you take the time to write the note by hand. Sending a thank you note that is not handwritten comes across as rushed and insincere. Even worse is to send a thank you email. While email may be a great way to communicate quickly and efficiently, it is not the avenue for a thank you note. If you are rushed and want to make certain that you get it to them quickly, then hand deliver the note instead.

When you address the thank you note, make sure you address it to the person that did the interview. If you address it to the company, then it will likely never reach the right set of eyes. Also, it will look less personal to the interviewer.

Make certain to include the date and time that you interviewed in the thank you note. If they do not remember you by name, then they may remember you by that instead. Include some little part of the interview that was positive, such as a funny joke they told. This can jog their memory as well.

Make certain you restate your interest in the position towards the end of the thank you note. The reason you want it near the end is because you want that to be the final thing that they read and remember. Do not make the thank you note about the fact you want the job, however. Simply add it as an afterthought after you thank them for their time.

Do not use fancy colors and paper for your thank you note. Simple, plain white paper with black ink is the best. Many people will send in a thank you note with butterflies and flowers all over the paper and then top it all off with green ink. No need for that at all. Simply use good old fashioned white paper and an ink pen.

Do not make the thank you note overly familiar. While you are wanting to convey thanks for their time, and their consideration for a job, you do not want to come across as flippant. Address them by their professional name, and do not try to be pals. This could come across as though you are overly comfortable with them.

Thank you notes for interviews are becoming something of a lost art. If you take the time to do this simple thing, you can be sure your interview will stand out from the crowd. That is the goal, after all.

Importance of a good first impression on a job interview

There is an entire study that deals with first impressions. People can develop entire opinions about a person just by looking at him or her. That person doesn’t even have to say anything, and people have the habit of thinking they know exactly what that person thinks about different topics and they are prone to passing judgment. I am not saying that this is a good and adequate way of developing opinions about anyone, but I am saying that this phenomenon is very present. Naturally, it is also present in the business world. When a person is being interviewed for a job, a first impression can mean a lot. That is why you have to take special care in what you look like when you enter the door to the job interview. This can be done in various ways. Continue reading “Importance of a good first impression on a job interview”

What to change when you’ve failed umpteen interviews

Going for job interviews and being turned down can be highly disheartening and very stressful and tiring as well. When you send out lots of CVs and covering letters this is something that is not quite so bad – as at least you will be being turned down with little basis and without anyone having actually met you. However when you go for an interview and you get the rejection letter in the post it can feel like a personal slight, and when it keeps happening you can find yourself starting to wonder how you’re ever going to change your fortunes and find more success. What do you need to start doing differently, or stop doing altogether, in order to pass your next interview? Here we will look at some possible answers to that question.

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Specifics: There are certain specific things that you might be doing wrong time and time again which could jeopardize your hopes of employment. For instance if you are always coming across too insecure, or if you are failing to do your research regarding the company you’re interviewing for (a common mistake) then this can foil your hopes time and again. The best way to find out what this is is to simply write to your interviewer after you have been rejected and ask for some feedback – mostly this will be an honest feedback that can be very helpful from someone who knows what employers are looking for and if it correlates with what others are saying then you should stand up and take notice. However it is also important that you don’t give too much heed to what interviewers say in such feedback, as while they know what they are looking for different employers need different things in their staff. Sometimes it is possible to end up trying to change to please everyone and ending up very confused.

Your Attitude: If you are going into your interviews like a bag of nerves then this isn’t going to help you inspire others in your confidence. It’s very important then when you’re in an interview to learn to come across as relaxed and chilled out, and for that reason you need to change the way you think about the process. Remember that they aren’t your bosses yet – and that this is as much an opportunity for you to see if you like them as it is for them to see if they like you. Try to treat it this way like two people meeting and relax into it and you’ll be a lot less nervous about the whole thing.


The Type of Job: You also need to think hard about the kind of job you are going for and if you repeatedly are getting turned away and not clicking with the interviewer, then you might find that instead of changing yourself to suit the job, you instead need to change the job to suit you. Find the right job with like-minded people and suddenly you can find that actually you are perfectly suited and that you get the job right away.

About the author: Mark Little is an established career consultant who conducts seminars on options available in various career fields. He regularly updates openings related to electrician jobs in his blogs.