If you’ve experienced a job interview, you know what it is like to be nervous and excited at the same time. The feelings you have after an interview are usually feelings of both relief and hope. You think you did fairly well during the interview and now hope that the employer thinks the same. If you think your job is over now and you simply wait for the phone call, you couldn’t be more wrong. By sending a thank you after the interview, you show that you are truly interested in the job.
Sending a thank you letter or e-mail does not have to take a lot of time, but it does take some thought and should be done fairly quickly after the interview. Rather than writing a book, the thank you simply signifies your interest in the job and shows the interviewer you appreciate his/her time. Use the sample below to create your own thank you letter and keep your name in front of the interviewer.
Dear Mr. Smith:
Thank you for meeting with me on Monday regarding the Customer Service Representative position within your organization. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your company.
During our interview, you mentioned the need for someone that is dedicated, experienced, and forward-thinking. My past employment history shows that I have longevity at each job held, along with increasing responsibilities and creative ideas. Your company is well-known for its innovative culture and I am confident my personality and work abilities fit well within that atmosphere.
If your organization seeks someone that can be both a leader and a contributing team member, please contact me. At your convenience, you may reach me at 715-555-5155. Thank you and I look forward to your positive response!
Do you know the power of thank you? I thought I did, but recently I realized that saying thank you does really mean a lot to people–especially clients.
I tend to send thank you notes to all of my clients, whether they are individual clients that needed a resume or a business that needed a press release. A handwritten thank you note is something that most people do not see in today’s busy world. It makes your company stand out among the competition.
Even when I send e-mails to clients, I typically begin with something that includes, “Thank you for choosing Feather Communications for your business writing needs…” A recent client from New York City commented that it was so nice that I always started my e-mail communication with the words “thank you.” This was interesting to me, because I had never thought twice about saying thank you to any of my clients. I am thankful for them and for their business. However, it was so out-of-the-ordinary for this particular client that she took time to comment on it.
So, remember those two little words in your life and in your business communication. Although it may seem like a small gesture, communicating that you are grateful may mean more than you will ever know.
Last year, I had the absolute pleasure of presenting a seminar at the Women’s Business Conference in Eau Claire. This year, I am pleased to be a sponsor of the event, as well as an exhibitor. The event takes place on Thursday, April 21 at the Plaza Hotel and includes a pre-conference networking event on Wednesday, April 20.
You may wonder why a communications/writing/marketing firm may exhibit at an event such as this. Well, I can give you a few reasons and yes, one of them is to gain additional business. But, in my opinion, it is so much more than that.
- Networking. These events offer a wonderful opportunity for networking and meeting people. Did you know that at last year’s event I met someone from the twin cities? She owns a business that provides artwork and artful solutions for hospitals, dental offices, corporate headquarters, and other businesses. It turns out that she needs press releases and articles written for her business. We have worked together on several project since last April. And, it all began by sitting at the same table during the lunch event at the Women’s Business Conference.
- Sources. When you are a writer, knowing sources for your stories is extremely helpful. I met a number of people last year that have turned into sources for stories. Many business owners are proud to share their expertise and look forward to being featured in an article or publication.
- It’s Fun. Yes, it is fun. As a business-owner myself, I love to see all of the businesses that are started by women. Meeting these women and learning of their successes makes me truly believe in the power of being positive and of living your dream.
So, if you are planning to come to the Women’s Business Conference in April, be sure to stop at the Feather Communications table. If you haven’t thought about attending this event before, I encourage you to do so. You won’t regret it.
If you have had the interview of your dreams and just know you will get a phone call from the company, that’s great. However, the job seeking process is not over yet. Even though you may have shone like a superstar during the interview, you should still follow up with the employer. Never assume that the job interview itself is enough.
So, why is follow up the key to your future job success? The answer is because it keeps you in the mind of the employer. It is best to send a follow up card or letter within 48 hours after the interview. Imagine the interviewer receiving a thank you card from the interviewee and then looking through the stack of resumes to match up the resume and the cover letter. This gives you one more “glance” and provides one more “review” of your information.
Now, imagine that you are one of three people being considered for a position. If the other two candidates provide a thank you card or follow up letter and you do not, then you are at an immediate disadvantage. You will have one less “look” from the potential employer. A thank you card or note is a simple, easy way to ensure you will remain in the forefront of the employment picture.
What do you write in a follow up note? Keep it simple. Say something like the following:
“Thank you for meeting with me regarding the XYZ position within your company. As we discussed, my qualifications and your needs for this position are an appropriate match. My interest in the job opening has been peaked even further by our discussion. Please contact me if you have any additional questions about my abilities to fulfill this position. I look forward to hearing from you.”
The thank you card does not take much time to complete nor should it be complicated. Take the time to complete this important step and you will greatly enhance your post-interview success.
As a writer, I have had the opportunity to work with clients on developing press releases for their businesses. As a business owner myself, I take full advantage of press releases and send them when I have something interesting or new happening at Feather Communications.
Recently, I sent a press release about this blog site. Why would I write a press release about my blog? Because I see this blog as a way of staying in touch with clients and potential clients, I want as many people to know about it as possible. And guess what has happened? My press release (or a portion of it) has been printed in the Bloomer Advance, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. What does this mean for Feather Communications? It means a larger draw to my blog site which will lead to assisting even more people.
So, if you have something important to say about your business, consider writing a press release. Be sure to note the following tips and ideas to consider when writing:
- Timing is critical; send the press release when the item is newsworthy
- Research the publication to investigate what types of stories are printed
- Consider varying the press release depending upon the outlet
- Find specific reporters or contacts at media outlets
- Send your release via e-mail
- Consider a follow-up call
Watch for future blog posts on this site to help determine when you should write a press release and questions to ask yourself before beginning the writing process.
Remember, your business is important and has news to share. Why not promote your business through a press release? It’s free, informative, and a great way to support your business.