The importance of a GOOD thank you note

We all know candidates need to send thank you notes after every interview.

Thank you notes reinforce your interest, differentiates you from competitive candidates, shows professionalism, gives the employer a favorable glimpse as to how you operate, and provides a vehicle to drive home why you are a fit.

Of course, you don’t HAVE TO send thank you notes, just be aware your competitive candidates are sending them. If that does not motivate you to send one perhaps you should not be interviewing for the position.

The good news is that it is easy to create an effective thank you note.

What makes a GOOD thank you note is: Brevity, Sincerity, and Specificity.

The note needs to capture the readers attention and not be a chore to read. It should be truthful about why you are interested, and it should include specifics about why you are a fit.

Below is an excellent example from a recent Xtra Effort candidate (with modifications to maintain confidentiality)

EXAMPLE Thank you note.

From: Jeff N.
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2015 1:07 PM
To: Tom W.
Subject: Thank you from Jeff N.


Dear Tom,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about the Sales Executive position. I enjoyed learning about the role and the ABC organization, and I feel that my experience and skill set matches well with the position’s requirements. I am confident that I will be a successful addition to the ABC sales team by providing:

·         Comprehensive knowledge of the XYZ market place and the ability to navigate these organizations.

·         A strong background in how data and analytic solutions improve accuracy and workflow within the XYZ industry.

·         An ability to identify the needs of XYZ industry management, effectively position ABC solutions, and differentiate those solutions against competitive offerings.

·         A strong personal drive and commitment to deliver the sales objectives and goals for this position.

I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining the ABC sales team. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or telephone. Thank you again, I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Jeff N.

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