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No one wants to be left hanging. People may have learnt to send thank-you notes after key events in their personal lives, such as birthday parties and weddings (and if you’re really resourceful with your time and energy, you might have found a good Note Template).
But this applies as well to the business world and how you continue your business relationship with an applicant after an interview, whether or not you are going to continue the relationship. If you aren’t sure where to start in composing a professional thank-you note, this list of free examples should be your guide.
It’s a legitimate question. After all, aren’t you merely doing your job? Shouldn’t they be thanking you for your time?
Given these apparently sensible points, an Interview Thank You Note may seem a quaint but unnecessary effort.
But don’t think of this as going the extra mile. Think of this as part of the essential journey.
Every exclusive social institution that selects, appraises, or any way deals with a candidate should know the value in sealing the deal—or at the very least, cooling down a contact and parting ways on a good note.
This is not just professional courtesy (though that is highly recommended). This is part of your long-term image management and networking reputation.
Taking the time to thank applicants for their time and cooperation may seal or break the deal and leave a lasting impression on the company in their minds. After all, these people’s first inside look into the management starts with you at the HR department. Be sure to leave a good impression.
The core feature of a Post-Interview Thank-You Note is a show of appreciation. What you include beyond that will be specific to the situation.
If you are too general, an interviewee would know instantly if you are merely using a one-for-all note template. With that in mind, a checklist in tackling your note:
An easier way: Run through these free samples for a structure that best applies to your situation, download them, and modify them to suit your needs. These can be then sent (mailed or e-mailed) to your interviewees.