I am often asked "Do people send cards anymore"? "Isn't sending a card a little dated"? The answer to those questions are yes, people are still sending snail mail and no, a handwritten note will never go out of style. Over 1.5 billion cards are sent each holiday season. Well, what does that have to so with sending thank cards? Can't I just sent a quick, convenient email? Of course you can! Sending an e-mail after an interview is always a great way to show your gratitude, but sending a handwritten note goes the extra mile.
Here are 4 tips for sending the perfect post interview thank you note:
1. Invest in Great Stationery
Think about your stationery like you think about your interview attire. From the moment the recipient picks up your note it's making an impression. One of the key components of selecting great stationery is the weight of the paper. You want to select something that feels nice that is simple but memorable. I also recommend having a set of monogrammed stationery with your initials or name.
2. Be Attentive
You've dressed the part, they were impressed by your resume, you all laughed, and you know you worked that interview. During your interview, they let you know they still had a few more candidates to see. You aren't too phased by that information because you know you're the best candidate for the position. Most people will send a follow up email but how many candidates will send a follow up thank you note? Now, you have an opportunity to go the extra mile. It is always important to remember the name(s) of who interviewed you as well as taking a mental note of what you all talked about that stood out. Writing a thank you note can feel a little dated and too personal. What do I say? Do I have to fill in the entire card? Is this doing too much?
Here are a few tips on how to start your note:
Be Yourself: Don't feel the need to over do it.
Keep it Simple:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for meeting with me about the (job title) position with (company name). I enjoyed talking with you about (memorable moment from your interview). Thank you again for your time and consideration.
Remember, companies see quite a few people when hiring a new candidate. So use this opportunity to remind them of your conversation.
Don't be afraid to revise your note:
Read it before sending it to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. When you're glancing over your note and it doesn't feel right, start again.
3 .Be Timely
Your interview is over. You've sent a thank you email. Now, you need to write your handwritten thank you note and pop it in the mail. I recommend mailing your note the same day or no later than the day following your interview. You want them to receive your note while you're fresh on their minds.
4: Make Handwritten Notes a Staple
Try to make this a staple in your life. Nothing says I appreciate you or I will go the extra mile like a handwritten thank you. It's a memorable gesture. Sending a thank you note goes beyond professional settings. They can be used to say thank you for a gift or sent to a hostess that hosted an amazing party. The possibilities are endless. Everyone loves gratitude and handwritten notes are the perfect way to show it.