Monday, April 5, 2010
You'd think that students who get jobs interviews in this train-wreck of an economy wouldn't need to be reminded of the importance of writing a nice "thank you" letter but it never hurts to be safe rather than sorry by reminding them to do so. When they sit down to compose those letters, they might find helpful this column from lawjobs.com called "Interview Strategies: A Flawless Follow-up." Perhaps you can even weave into class-time an exercise on writing a "thank you" letter based on the advice offered by these recruiting experts:
Sending a thank you note to your interviewers is not only polite, it also allows you to reinforce the positive impression you made during your interview or correct any misunderstandings that may have occurred. Furthermore, it emphasizes your enthusiasm for the position you are seeking. It's another way to put your name in front of the hiring authority and to set yourself apart from the other candidates under consideration. If the firm is having a difficult time selecting one candidate in a close race, it might make a positive difference.
While it's best to send a thank you within a couple of days after your interview, a letter arriving a week or so later can be a useful tool to remind the recipient of your meeting, especially if you haven't heard any feedback. On the other hand, if the interviewing process is moving along so quickly that you are scheduled for further meetings before you have had a chance to send a thank you, it can become moot. In the event you learn that the firm has declined to pursue your candidacy, it's good form to send a thank you anyway, perhaps requesting that you be kept in mind for future openings.
The column provides additional advice on formatting "thank you" letters, how to draft each portion and how to address them to multiple recipients. You can read the rest here.
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