Get the Job: Avoid These 5 Thank You Note Mistakes

It’s crucial to avoid these thank you note mistakes as you deliver an appreciation note after a work interview.

Thank you letters are a smart way to demonstrate that you’re really interested in the work and still reiterating why you’re the right candidate for it.

The thank you letter is an effective method for distinguishing yourself from other candidates.

By bringing up particular subjects that came up during the interview, you will demonstrate that you were involved during the meeting.

Utilize your thank-you note to its full potential.

Personalize it to convince the boss that you have a sincere interest in the role.

The bottom line is that while the worst mistake you can make when it comes to” thank you notes” is not sending one at all, there is a right and wrong way to write the ultimate thank you card.

You must not jeopardize your chances of receiving a career offer by writing a thank you note riddled with grammatical errors.

Keep in mind that your thank you note email should be written in the style of an email rather than a letter.

There’s no need to include you or the company’s physical addresses.

Get rid of the flowery, formal vocabulary and concentrate on the highlights of your chat. You don’t want to irritate your boss so much.

With that in view, here are the top 5 thank-you letter blunders and how to stop them:

Instantly sending a thank you note

Firing off a short thank-you note from your phone as soon as you leave the interview might not only come off as urgent, but it may also indicate that you haven’t given much consideration about what you’re saying—or, worst, that you’ve written a bland thank-you note ahead of time and are simply pressing “send.”

If you should not deliver the note immediately after you and the interviewer part ways, you should send one within 24 hours.

Waiting days or even weeks is excessive and, in the eyes of a boss, maybe too soon, too late.

Being overly casual. 

Know that no matter how well you and the interviewer clicked, this is all a formal transaction and no conclusions have been taken.

It is normally a bad idea to begin your email with “hey” or something equally informal.

Although writing a thank-you note should surely be on your to-do list, don’t regard it as yet another task to complete.

Take some time writing your note and give it some thought.

Use your thank you letter to begin a live chat you had before the interview and to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role.

This will be entertaining for the recruiting manager to hear, and it will get you closer to a career offer.

There are grammatical and spelling mistakes.

Sending a thank-you note with spelling and grammar errors is a brilliant way to convince bosses that you didn’t proofread and that you don’t care for the little stuff.

If you don’t want a promotion, these are perfect first impressions to make.

If you wish to land the job, make sure you proofread your thank you letter many times before submitting it. Spellcheck will not detect any of the errors.

Instead, enlist the assistance of a mate with a sharp eye for information to proofread your thank you letter before sending it.

Each email is not personalized.

If you’ve interviewed with several people, give each of them a personalized email rather than CCing them all on the same note.

This is a much more polite and intimate style that demonstrates technical savvy and solid negotiation skills.

When you personalize each email, it’s easy to mix up names or read them incorrectly. Check if you have everyone’s names right.

A misspelled name will seem unprofessional at best and can annoy the hiring manager you’re discussing at worse.

To the end, make sure you have everyone’s business cards or at the very least their email addresses.

If you’re seeing a lot of people during the day, you might want to jot down some notes so you can keep track of anything.

Everything you have to say is “thank you.” 

Why not use these notes to build on what you discussed during the interview and learn more about the position?

Despite its name, a thank-you note can do much more than express appreciation.

Take a few sentences to build on something that was discussed in the interview and to start a new discussion.

Don’t put too much focus on yourself. If it’s beneficial to add another explanation of why you’d be a good fit for the role, keep it to one or two sentences.

Too much focus on yourself can come off as narcissistic and self-centered, so make sure to add something else—for example, a topic you didn’t think about during the interview.

Concentrate on the key points of the discussion and express gratitude to the moderator for their time and opportunity. There’s no reason to go on and on. Get it succinct and to the point.

To say all that you need to say 100-200 words should suffice. That’s around three paragraphs, each with one or two sentences.

In today’s world of faceless, impersonal online correspondence, it’s critical to make every attempt to write a personalized thank you note after your interview.

Thank you notes are an excellent way to demonstrate your appreciation for the experience, your thoughtfulness, and your sincere desire for the work.

Although the worst mistake you can make is not sending one at all, you can also stop these other, minor errors.

And if you’re eager to see how much money your potential career will pay, the thank you letter is not the place or time to bring up wages and benefits.

This is the time to express gratitude to the boss for their time and opportunity, not to inquire about the amount of money they have available.

Don’t worry; after you’ve received a work offer, you’ll have the right to discuss your pay. Before then, remember to be grateful and enthusiastic.

Now that you know what to do when composing a thank you letter after a job interview, it’s time to get to work and show recruiting managers how grateful you are.

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