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Written by Abby Kohut   

In my blog from May 22nd called "Sneaky Thank You Notes", I reminded you how important grammar and spelling are when you are trying to close the loop and land the job of your dreams. But…proving that you were not asleep in your English classes is not enough. Your thank you note is a second chance to remind the Hiring Manager how ideal your background is for the open position he is considering you for.

If you think of an interview as your commercial, your thank you note is your re-run.  It is an opportunity for you to tell the Hiring Manager things that you may have neglected to mention while you were interviewing. It is your chance to provide examples of points you wanted to make that you didn't think of until after you left the building. It is your chance to mention some statistics about your performance that you could not extract from your brain while under stress. Above all…it is a chance to put yourself back on the hiring manager's radar screen.

Now, this does not mean that you should write a novel. Your thank you note should be short, sweet, and effective. You should write a different one to everyone you interviewed with. I hear the groaning and the moaning, but trust me, it is well worth the little extra time. You wouldn't want your interview team to compare each of their notes and discover that you didn't think your meeting with them was interesting enough to write about.

Your note doesn't have to be 100% different for each interviewer. It can have some of the same opening and closing remarks as long as a majority of the note is different. The note should be personalized with details from your conversations with each specific interviewer. For example, you might say, "I enjoyed learning about the mermaids you are creating in your laboratory" or "I enjoyed learning about the research you are conducting on space travel for dogs."

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
As understated as you think the thank you note might be, I cannot overemphasize how vital it is to your success. Learning to perfect this craft is essential and will help you convince your interviewer that you are the missing piece of the pie in his or her department.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!